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Oakland Athletics’ All-Time ERA Leaders
The Oakland Athletics (A’s) have been a major league baseball franchise for over 100 years, beginning play as the Philadelphia A’s in 1901 and moving to Kansas City in 1955 and to Oakland in 1968. The team has 9 world championships to its name, four in Oakland and five in Philadelphia, and they have almost always boasted strong pitching. Here is a short list of the A’s all-time leading pitchers in earned run average (ERA) to date:
Rube Waddell (1.97)—Rube Waddell pitched for the Philadelphia A’s from 1902 to 1907 and ranks first in the team’s history with a 1.97 ERA. Waddell had his best season in 1905, when he had career best numbers in wins (27-10) and ERA (1.48), with 287 strikeouts—all of those numbers leading the American League.
Cy Morgan (2.15)—Cy Morgan pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1909 to 1912, and ranks second in franchise history with a 2.15 earned run average. Morgan had his best season while wearing an A’s uniform. That was in 1910, when he went 18-12 (tied career high in wins) with a career best 1.55 ERA and 134 strikeouts. He was also a little wild, leading the AL in walks (117) and hit batsmen (18) that year.
Chief Bender (2.32)—Chief Bender pitched most of his career for the A’s, from 1903 to 1914, and he ranks third in the team’s history with a 2.32 ERA. Bender’s best season was 1910, the same year Morgan had his best year. That season, Bender had career best numbers in wins (23-5) and ERA (1.58) with 155 strikeouts.
Eddie Plank (2.39)—Eddie Plank pitched for Philadelphia most of his career, from 1901 to 1914, and ranks fourth in A’s history with a 2.39 ERA. Plank had a career best 1.76 mark in 1909, but his best overall season was arguably 1912. That year, Plank had an astounding 26-6 record (career high in wins), with a 2.22 earned run average and 110 strikeouts.
Harry Krause (2.42)—Harry Krause pitched for the A’s for most of his brief career, from 1908 to 1912, and ranks fifth in franchise history with a 2.42 ERA. Krause had his best season in 1909, when he had career best numbers in wins (18-8), ERA (1.39) and strikeouts (139). The 1.39 ERA led the American League that year.