PLAYER: Ed Walsh (HOF)
TEAM: Chicago White Sox
BACK: Piedmont 350 (39/39)
A pleasing example of Hall of Fame pitcher and the all time E.R.A. leader “Big” Ed Walsh featuring the Piedmont 350 advertising reverse (ranked 39 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource). Though the offered example is not a candidate for T206 collectors seeking mid to highly graded cards due primarily to paper loss and light residue on the reverse, this Hall Of Fame portrait displays quite nicely and features a beautiful image.
“BIG” ED WALSH
Edward Augustine Walsh
Born: May 14, 1881 – Plains Township, PA
Died: May 26, 1959 – Pompano Beach, FL
MLB Pitching Record: 195–126
Managerial Record: 1–2
Chicago White Sox AL (1904–1916; manager: 1924)
Boston Braves NL (1917)
“Big Ed” Walsh was the early gold standard for pitchers. The numbers from his 13 seasons with the White Sox are just stunning. In 1908 he pitched 464 innings (still an American League record) with an amazing 1.42 ERA and posted a 40-win season. For four seasons, Walsh led the league in innings pitched, topping 400 twice and pitching 393 once. In 1907 and 1910 he led the league in ERA, and collected six sub-2.00 seasons overall. He struck out 200-plus batters five times and led the league in strikeouts twice. Walsh threw his only no-hitter against Boston in 1911. The innings took their toll on him, however, and after 4 years of less than 100 innings pitched, he was released in 1916. He tried a comeback with the Braves but only lasted 18 innings. Walsh is still baseball’s all-time career leader in ERA at 1.82. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.
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