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Philadelphia Phillies All-Time ERA Leaders
Pete "Grover Cleveland" Alexander
The Phillies have been around since 1883, first known as the Quakers, and becoming the Phillies in 1890. They switched the name to the Blue Jays in 1943 and 1944 but then reverted back to Phillies in 1945. This franchise, despite being around for well over 100 years, only has two championships—one in 1980 and one in 2008. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t put great talent on the field other times. In fact, the Phillies have boasted tremendous talent probably more often than not. Here is a short list of the Phils’ pitching leaders in earned run average (ERA) to date:
George McQuillan (1.79)—George McQuillan had two stints with the Phillies, from 1907 to 1910 and again in 1915 and 1916. He ranks first in the team’s history with a 1.79 ERA, and McQuillan had a career best 0.66 mark in 1907. But that was only in six games, so we’ll say his best season was likely 1908. That year, McQuillan had career best numbers in wins (23-17) and strikeouts (114) with a 1.53 ERA.
Lew Richie (2.06)—Lew Richie pitched in Philadelphia from 1906 to 1909, and he ranks second in franchise history with a 2.06 earned run average. Richie may have had his best overall season with the Cubs in 1911 (15 wins, 2.31 ERA), but his best season for the Phillies was in 1907. That year, Richie went 6-6 with a career best 1.77 ERA.
Pete (Grover Cleveland) Alexander (2.18)—Grover Cleveland Alexander was one of the game’s greatest pitchers of all-time. Alexander pitched for the Phils from 1911 to 1917 and he ranks third in their history with a 2.18 ERA. Alexander had a career high 33 wins for the Phillies in 1916, but his best overall season was easily 1915. That year, Alexander went 31-10 with career best numbers in ERA (1.22) and strikeouts (241). That season, he led the National League in wins, winning percentage (.756), ERA, strikeouts, complete games (36) and shutouts (12).
Tully Sparks (2.48)—Tully Sparks pitched in Philadelphia in 1897 and again from 1903 to 1910. Sparks ranks fourth in Phillies’ history with a 2.48 earned run average, and his best season was with them in 1907. That year, Sparks had career best numbers in wins (22-8) and ERA (2.00), with 90 strikeouts.
Frank Corridon (2.61)—Frank Corridon pitched for the Phillies from 1904 to 1909, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with a 2.61 ERA. Corridon posted a career best 2.11 ERA in 1909, but his best overall season was probably 1907. That year, Corridon had career highs in wins (18-14) and strikeouts (131) with a 2.46 ERA.