Saturday, May 12, 2012
On this day in 1904, Ed Walsh makes his MLB debut against the Philadelphia Athletics, in a relief appearance, during a 9-3 loss.
It was the start of a Hall of Fame career that saw him rack up 195 wins, a 1.81 ERA, 250 complete games, 57 shutouts and 35 saves during a thirteen year career with the White Sox. In 1908, Ed won forty games and started sixty-six. Walsh only lost fifteen games that season, in comparison, for a .727 winning percentage.
After the 1912 season, Ed wanted to take a year off to rest his arm, but the Sox convinced them that they needed his services. Walsh came into camp in poor shape and hurt his arm trying to keep up with the younger players. His playing time took a drastic turn downward. By 1916, Ed's arm was dead. He did pitch again in 1917, with the St. Louis Browns, but could only manage a loss in four games.