I'm a big time sports fan. I am a fan of the Packers since 1967, Cubs and Celtics since 1969 and Indiana Pacers since 1970.
Pitchers From The State Of Indiana
Indiana Is Not Only For Basketball
The state of Indiana is known as a great basketball state. The High School boys basketball tournament has be called Hoosier Hysteria. The movie "Hoosiers" was based on a real instance in High School basketball in Indiana.
As popular as basketball is in Indiana, the Hoosier state has also produced some pretty good baseball players. Here is my opinion of the top 10 pitchers that were born in the state of Indiana.
Dan Plesac is the only relief pitcher I have on the list. In his first 5 years in the majors he made 3 all-star games. He had a career high of 33 saves in 1989 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Plesac pitched from 1986-2003 with multiple teams. His career record was 65-71 with an E.R.A. of 3.64. He also had 158 saves, most of which came in his first 5 seasons.
Dizzy Trout was a 2 time all-star. Trout led the American League in wins in 1943 with 20. Ironically, in 1944 he won 27 games and still did not lead the league in wins, however, he did lead the league with an E.R.A. of 2.12.
Dizzy Trout played from 1939-1957. He actually played from 1939-1951 with Detroit. In 1952 he began with Detroit but was traded to Boston. He did not play from 1953-1956 but in 1957 he attempted an unsuccessful comeback with Baltimore.
Trout had a career record of 170-161 with and E.R.A. of 3.23.
Babe Adams pitched from 1906-1926. Adams did not have a chance to play in an all-star game mainly because he played before they were having all-star games. He had 2 seasons when he won 20 or more games and 13 of his 19 seasons he posted winning records.
Adams played his rookie season with St. Louis but the rest of his time was spent in Pittsburgh. Adams had a career record of 194-140 with and E.R.A. of 2.76.
Art Nehf played from 1915-1929. Nehf was a solid pitcher who also played prior to all-star games. In 1918 Nehf led the National League with 28 complete games. He had 2 career 20 win seasons along with one 19 win and two 17 win seasons.
Nehf played for multiple teams and wound up wining over 60% of his games.
Nehf had a career record of 184-120 with an .R.A. of 3.20.
Hooks Dauss played from 1912-1926, all with the Detroit Tigers. I have to confess, this is the first time I have ever heard of someone with the first name Hooks. He may have made the list simply because of his name, however, Hooks was a pretty good pitcher too.
Dauss was another one of those players that played prior to the all-star game. Dauss had 3 seasons where he won 20 or more games including 1915 when he won 24.
Hooks Dauss' career record was 223-182 with an E.R.A. of 3.30.
Carl Erskine played from 1948-1959, all with the Brooklyn and then Los Angeles Dodgers.
Erskine had 1 season when had 20 wins, he also led the lead in winning percentage that year. It was 1953 and he posted a 20-6 record for a winning percentage of 76.9. In 1954 Erskine made his only all-star appearance.
Erskine had a career record of 122-78 which means he won 61% of his games, his E.R. was 4.00.
Freddie Fitzsimmons played from 1925-1943. Fitzsimmons only had 1 season where he won 20 games but twice he led the league in winning percentage.
In 1928 Fitzsimmons went 20-9 with the Giants for his only 20 win season. In 1930 he lead the league with a 73.1% winning percentage with a 19-7 record. Fitzsimmons played his last 6 1/2 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers which included 1940 when he led the league again in winning percentage. In 1940 Fitzsimmons posted a 16-2 record for a winning percentage of 88.9.
Fitzsimmons' career record was 217-146 with and E.R.A. of 3.51.
Amos Rusie is in the Hall Of Fame so I have to include him. If you think some of these guys played a long time ago, they got nothing compared to Ruse. Rusie played from 1889-1901. That's right...1889. He played before the invention of the automobile.
Now for some of his mind boggling statistics. He had 8 seasons with 20 or more wins including 4 with 30 or more wins. He led the National League in wins in 1894 with 36 as he posted a 36-13 record. I have not been posting negative statistics, but this one I can't resist mentioning. In 1890 Rusie led the National League in losses with 34. That's right, he lost 34 games, however he won 29. He had a 29-34 record and threw 548 innings! He did not even lead the league in innings pitched!
Rusie also led the league in E.R.A. in 1894 at 2.78. In 1893 he led the league in innings pitched for the only time in his career as he pitched 482.0 innings.
Rusie's career record was 246-174 with an E.R.A. of 3.07.
After seeing the record of Amos Rusie, you have to wonder what can top that.
Tommy John is probably one of the most famous pitchers in the history of baseball. Not so much for his record but for the fact that there is a surgery named after him. In 1974 Tommy John had a major arm injury. He had a revolutionary surgery that was successful and helped him return to base and be a successful pitcher.
Tommy John had 3 seasons when he won 20 games. All 3 seasons came AFTER the surgery. John also appeared in 4 all-star games.
Tommy John played from 1963-1989 with multiple teams. John had a career record of 288-231 with and E.R.A. of 3.07.
Modacai "Three Finger" Brown
The best pitcher and probably the best baseball player that was ever born in Indiana was Mordacai "Three Finger" Brown.
Brown is in the Hall of Fame. He played from 1903-1916 and is one of the greatest pitchers of all-time. Brown had 6 season with 20 or more wins including 1909 when he led the National League with 27 wins. In 1906 he led the National League in E.R.A. with 1.04, that same season he led the league in shutouts with 9. Brown led the league in complete games in 1909 and 1910 with 32 and 27 respectively.
Brown's career record was 239-130 for a winning percentage of 64.8. Brown also had a career E.R.A. of 2.06.
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