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    Has a Rookie Ever Won an ERA Title?

    After Tampa Bay plays in Saturday, Tyler Glasnow will not have enough innings to qualify. Charlie Morton raised his ERA from 2.32 to 2.65, which moved Justin Verlander to second behind Glasnow in ERA, with Detroit's Spencer Turnbull in third. Verlander has a 2.38 ERA, and Turnbull has a 2.40 ERA. Turnbull is a rookie who went 0-2 in 16 1/3 innings last September. I'm not saying Turnbull will win it, but if he even leads at some point in May or later, that's surprising.

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    Re: Has a Rookie Ever Won an ERA Title?

    Mark Fidrych was one.

    Edit: Hoyt Wilhelm. Some guy named Elmer Riddle. John Montgomery Ward, in 1878. That was just from a quick browse and some guesses about status; I’m sure there are at least a few others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    John Montgomery Ward, in 1878.
    That man was amazing. Won an ERA title, started a league, started a prominent department store chain. What couldn't he do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    That man was amazing. Won an ERA title, started a league, started a prominent department store chain. What couldn't he do?
    he invented the curve ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    he invented the curve ball.
    That was Candy Cummings, silly, and he never won an ERA title. He did, however, go 33-20 in 55 starts for the 1872 New York Mutuals of the National Association. Gave up 604 hits in 497 innings, with 45 Ks, 31 walks, and 2 HR. A lot of contact hitters in those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    That was Candy Cummings, silly, and he never won an ERA title. He did, however, go 33-20 in 55 starts for the 1872 New York Mutuals of the National Association. Gave up 604 hits in 497 innings, with 45 Ks, 31 walks, and 2 HR. A lot of contact hitters in those days.
    Correct. The other claimant to inventing the curveball is Fred Goldsmith, although most historians side with Cummings. I've never heard Ward credited with inventing the curve.

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    Re: Has a Rookie Ever Won an ERA Title?

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/07/b...gration-unions

    In 1875, John Montgomery Ward helped develop Pennsylvania State University’s first baseball club, where he demonstrated the curve ball, a pitch many credit him with inventing.
    There's a sinister plot a brewin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/07/b...gration-unions

    In 1875, John Montgomery Ward helped develop Pennsylvania State University’s first baseball club, where he demonstrated the curve ball, a pitch many credit him with inventing.




    OK, “claimed to have invented curveball" would be more accurate. But since Cummings' career was almost over by 1875, I suspect he threw it years before that.

    But John Ward did found the first player's union, and later became a successful lawyer and a suave, sophisticated man about town.

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    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/07/b...gration-unions

    In 1875, John Montgomery Ward helped develop Pennsylvania State University’s first baseball club, where he demonstrated the curve ball, a pitch many credit him with inventing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    But John Ward did found the first player's union, and later became a successful lawyer and a suave, sophisticated man about town.
    Also founded the short-lived Players League, which gave rise to the 1890-1963 iteration of the Polo Grounds.
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    Re: Has a Rookie Ever Won an ERA Title?

    Spencer Turnbull's ERA is up to 2.84, but another rookie has a chance at an ERA title. Atlanta's Mike Soroka has 57 1/3 innings, and Atlanta has played 59 games. His 1.41 ERA is better than NL and MLB ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu's 1.48.

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    Re: Has a Rookie Ever Won an ERA Title?

    Ryu allowed 7 runs last night to raise his ERA to 2.35. He was at 1.26 eleven starts ago and 1.45 three starts ago. Soroka has a 2.44, and with 147 2/3 innings he should finish with enough innings to qualify. Soroka leads MLB with 0.5 home runs allowed per 9 innings. He's allowed 8 home runs, and he hasn't allowed more than 1 in a game. That helps him lead MLB in opponents' slugging percentage at .311 and lead the NL in opponents' OPS at .597, where he's second in MLB behind Verlander's .591. Chris Davis is slugging .313, so batters against Soroka slug worse than that. What could hurt Soroka in the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year voting is that he's 41st in the NL with 113 strikeouts.

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