Minnesota Twins All-Time ERA Leaders
The Minnesota Twins began play as the Washington Senators in 1901, and moved to Minnesota in 1961. The franchise has three world championships, two with the Twins, and has always fielded good pitchers. Here is a short list of the franchise’s top ERA leaders to date:
Walter Johnson (2.17)—Hall of Famer Walter Johnson pitched for the Senators his entire career, from 1907 to 1927, and he ranks first in team history with a 2.17 ERA. That’s remarkable considering the length of his career, and Johnson also won 417 games and struck out 3509 batters. His best season 1913, when Johnson had career best numbers in wins (36-7) and ERA (1.14) with 11 shutouts and 243 strikeouts. That is clearly a set of numbers that will never be matched in modern times.
Doc Ayers (2.64)—Doc Ayers pitched for the Senators from 1913 to 1919, and he ranks second in franchise history with a 2.64 earned run average. Ayers had a 1.53 mark in 1913, but that was in just four games. His best overall season was arguably 1915. That year, he went 14-9 (career high in wins) with a 2.21 ERA and 96 strikeouts.
Dean Chance (2.67)—Dean Chance pitched for the Twins from 1967 to 1969, and he ranks third in the team’s history with a 2.67 ERA. Chance had his best overall season with the Angels in 1964, when he went 20-9 with a 1.65 ERA on his way to winning the AL Cy Young Award. But his best season as a Twin was not bad either. That was in 1967, when Chance went 20-14 with a 2.73 ERA and 220 strikeouts.
Cy Falkenberg (2.69)—Cy Falkenberg pitched for Washington from 1905 to 1908, and he ranks fourth in Senators/Twins’ history with a 2.69 earned run average. Falkenberg had a career best 2.22 mark twice—with Cleveland in 1913 and Indianapolis in 1914. His best season with the Senators was arguably 1907—but that year, he went 6-17. Still, Falkenberg posted a very respectable 2.35 ERA with 108 strikeouts that season.
Harry Harper (2.75)—Harry Harper pitched for the Senators from 1913 to 1919, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with a 2.75 ERA. Harper had a career best 1.77 ERA in 1915, but his best overall season was probably 1916. That year, he had a 2.45 ERA, but career highs in wins (14-10) and strikeouts (149).