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Los Angeles Dodgers All-Time ERA Leaders
The Dodgers began play way back in 1884 in Brooklyn, New York. They were known as the Atlantics, and changed names many times over the next several seasons. They became the Grays, Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas, Robins and Dodgers. Then they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. But the Dodgers have won 5 titles in Los Angeles, and won one in Brooklyn. And the team has always fielded great pitchers. Here is a short list of the Dodgers’ all-time leaders in earned run average (ERA) to date:
Jeff Pfeffer (2.31)—Jeff Pfeffer pitched for Brooklyn from 1913 to 1921, and he ranks first in the team’s history with a 2.31 ERA. Pfeffer had his best overall season in 1916, when he had career best numbers in wins (25-11) and ERA (1.92) with 6 shutouts and 128 strikeouts.
Nap Rucker (2.42)—Nap Rucker pitched his entire career in Brooklyn, from 1907 to 1916, and he ranks second in franchise history with a 2.42 earned run average. Rucker had a career best 1.69 mark in 1916, but that was only in 9 games. His best overall season was arguably 1911. That year, Rucker went 22-18 with a 2.71 ERA and 190 strikeouts.
Larry Cheney (2.45)—Larry Cheney pitched for Brooklyn from 1915 to 1919 and he ranks third in the team’s history with a 2.45 ERA. Cheney had a 0.00 ERA one year with the Cubs but that was in just three games. His best season with the Robins was 1916, when he went 18-12 with a 1.92 ERA and 166 strikeouts.
Ron Perranoski (2.56)—Ron Perranoski pitched for the L.A. Dodgers from 1961 to 1967 and again in 1972. He ranks fourth in Dodgers’ history with a 2.56 ERA, and his best season by far was 1963. That year, Perranoski had career best numbers in wins (16-3) and ERA (1.67), with 21 saves and 75 strikeouts.
Rube Marquard (2.58)—Rube Marquard pitched for Brooklyn from 1915 to 1920, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with a 2.58 earned run average. Marquard had some of his best seasons with the Giants, but his best season with Brooklyn was 1916. That year, he went 13-6 with a career best 1.58 ERA, 5 saves and 107 strikeouts.