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St. Louis Cardinals All-Time ERA Leaders
The Cardinals have been in St. Louis their whole existence, beginning as the Brown Stockings in 1882, and becoming the Browns in 1883, the Perfectos in 1899 and the Cardinals in 1900. The team has 10 world championships to its name and has been very competitive for as long as most people remember. The team has especially developed great pitchers. Here is a short list of the Cardinals’ all-time leaders in earned run average (ERA):
Ed Karger (2.46)—Ed Karger only pitched for the Cardinals a short time, from 1906 to 1908, but he made that time count, and still ranks first in team history with a 2.46 ERA. Karger had his best overall season in 1907—despite 19 losses, he had career best numbers in wins (15), ERA (2.04) and strikeouts (137).
John Tudor (2.52)—John Tudor was a terrific left-handed pitcher who helped lead the Cards to the World Series in both 1985 and 1987. Tudor played in St. Louis from 1985 to 1988 and again in 1990. He ranks second in franchise history with a 2.52 earned run average and he had his best season in 1985. That year, Tudor finished second in the NL Cy Young voting, with career best numbers in wins (21-8), ERA (1.93), complete games (14), shutouts (10, led NL), and strikeouts (169).
Slim Sallee (2.67)—Slim Sallee pitched for the Cardinals from 1908 to 1916 and ranks tied for third in the team’s history with a 2.67 ERA. Sallee had his best overall season in Cincinnati in 1919 (21-7, 2.06 ERA) but his best season with the Cardinals was in 1914. That year, Sallee went 18-17 with a 2.10 ERA, 6 saves and 105 strikeouts.
Jack Taylor (2.67)—Jack Taylor pitched for St. Louis from 1904 to 1906 and ranks tied for third in ERA for the team with a 2.67 mark. Taylor had his best season with the Cubs in 1902 (23-11, 1.29 ERA), and his best overall season with the Cardinals was 1904. That year, Taylor went 20-19 with a 2.22 earned run average, 103 strikeouts and 39 complete games (led the National League).
Dave Foutz (2.67)—Dave Foutz pitched for the Browns from 1884 to 1887 and he ranks tied for third in franchise history with Sallee and Taylor, with a 2.67 ERA. Foutz had his best overall season in 1886 with St. Louis, when he had career highs in wins (41-16) and strikeouts (283), with a 2.11 ERA. He also batted .280 with 3 homers and 59 RBI that year.