• Pitchers Leaving Early

    Posted by on February 19th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    So, are Don Drysdale and Catfish Hunter the greatest “modern” pitchers to die young? See this list -

    Rk Player WAR Died Born From To Age G W SV IP
    1 Christy Mathewson 87.7 1925 1880 1900 1916 19-35 636 373 30 4788.2
    2 John Clarkson 82.1 1909 1861 1882 1894 20-32 531 328 5 4536.1
    3 Eddie Plank 76.3 1926 1875 1901 1917 25-41 623 326 23 4495.2
    4 Old Hoss Radbourn 71.6 1897 1854 1881 1891 26-36 527 309 3 4527.1
    5 Pud Galvin 70.5 1902 1856 1879 1892 22-35 697 361 1 5941.1
    6 Don Drysdale 65.7 1993 1936 1956 1969 19-32 518 209 6 3432.0
    7 Charlie Buffinton 56.1 1907 1861 1882 1892 21-31 414 233 3 3404.0
    8 Bob Caruthers 52.6 1911 1864 1884 1892 20-28 340 218 3 2828.2
    9 Rube Waddell 50.2 1914 1876 1897 1910 20-33 407 193 5 2961.1
    10 Urban Shocker 47.0 1928 1890 1916 1928 25-37 412 187 25 2681.2
    11 Bobo Newsom 45.9 1962 1907 1929 1953 21-45 600 211 21 3759.1
    12 Dizzy Trout 43.6 1972 1915 1939 1957 24-42 521 170 35 2725.2
    13 Addie Joss 40.9 1911 1880 1902 1910 22-30 286 160 5 2327.0
    14 Herb Pennock 36.9 1948 1894 1912 1934 18-40 617 241 33 3571.2
    15 Jim Whitney 35.9 1891 1857 1881 1890 23-32 413 191 2 3496.1
    16 Chris Short 35.5 1991 1937 1959 1973 21-35 501 135 18 2325.0
    17 Nig Cuppy 35.4 1922 1869 1892 1901 22-31 302 162 5 2283.0
    18 Bill Donovan 34.8 1923 1876 1898 1918 21-41 378 185 8 2964.2
    19 Catfish Hunter 32.5 1999 1946 1965 1979 19-33 500 224 1 3449.1
    20 Schoolboy Rowe 31.9 1961 1910 1933 1949 23-39 382 158 12 2219.1
    21 Adonis Terry 31.8 1915 1864 1884 1897 19-32 440 197 6 3514.1
    22 Don Wilson 30.2 1975 1945 1966 1974 21-29 266 104 2 1748.1
    23 Earl Whitehill 30.1 1954 1899 1923 1939 24-40 541 218 11 3564.2
    24 Dave Foutz 30.0 1897 1856 1884 1894 27-37 251 147 4 1997.1
    25 Howie Pollet 29.9 1974 1921 1941 1956 20-35 403 131 20 2107.1
    26 Larry Corcoran 28.8 1891 1859 1880 1887 20-27 277 177 2 2392.1
    27 Mort Cooper 28.7 1958 1913 1938 1949 25-36 295 128 14 1840.2
    28 Johnny Allen 28.2 1959 1904 1932 1944 27-39 352 142 18 1950.1
    29 Fritz Ostermueller 27.6 1957 1907 1934 1948 26-40 390 114 15 2066.2
    30 Ellis Kinder 27.4 1968 1914 1946 1957 31-42 484 102 102 1479.2
    31 Claude Hendrix 27.3 1944 1889 1911 1920 22-31 360 144 17 2371.1
    32 Turk Farrell 26.3 1977 1934 1956 1969 22-35 590 106 83 1704.2
    33 Brickyard Kennedy 26.3 1915 1867 1892 1903 24-35 406 187 9 3030.0
    34 Red Ames 25.5 1936 1882 1903 1919 20-36 533 183 36 3198.0
    35 Tiny Bonham 24.7 1949 1913 1940 1949 26-35 231 103 9 1551.0
    36 Toad Ramsey 24.5 1906 1864 1885 1890 20-25 248 113 0 2100.2
    37 Dan Quisenberry 24.3 1998 1953 1979 1990 26-37 674 56 244 1043.1
    38 Ed Brandt 24.3 1944 1905 1928 1938 23-33 378 121 17 2268.1
    39 Harry Staley 24.0 1910 1866 1888 1895 21-28 283 136 2 2269.0
    40 Charlie Ferguson 23.9 1888 1863 1884 1887 21-24 183 99 4 1514.2
    41 Jake Weimer 23.8 1928 1873 1903 1909 29-35 191 97 2 1472.2
    42 Billy Rhines 23.3 1922 1869 1890 1899 21-30 248 113 1 1891.0
    43 Fred Hutchinson 22.7 1964 1919 1939 1953 19-33 242 95 7 1464.0
    44 Jim Devlin 22.2 1883 1849 1876 1877 27-28 129 65 0 1181.0
    45 Sam Jones 20.9 1971 1925 1951 1964 25-38 322 102 9 1643.1
    46 Red Donahue 20.8 1913 1873 1893 1906 20-33 367 164 3 2966.1
    47 Al Benton 20.2 1968 1911 1934 1952 23-41 455 98 66 1688.1
    48 Pat Malone 20.2 1943 1902 1928 1937 25-34 357 134 26 1915.0
    49 Ed Killian 20.0 1928 1876 1903 1910 26-33 214 103 4 1598.1
    50 Rick Mahler 20.0 2005 1953 1979 1991 25-37 392 96 6 1951.1
    51 George Blaeholder 20.0 1947 1904 1925 1936 21-32 338 104 12 1914.1
    52 Hal Carlson 19.5 1930 1892 1917 1930 25-38 377 114 19 2002.0
    53 Darryl Kile 19.1 2002 1968 1991 2002 22-33 359 133 0 2165.1
    54 Carl Weilman 19.0 1924 1889 1912 1920 22-30 239 84 10 1521.0
    55 Carl Morton 18.9 1983 1944 1969 1976 25-32 255 87 1 1648.2
    56 Sam Gray 18.5 1953 1897 1924 1933 26-35 379 111 22 1951.1
    57 George McQuillan 18.2 1940 1885 1907 1918 22-33 273 85 14 1576.1
    58 Babe Ruth 18.0 1948 1895 1914 1933 19-38 163 94 4 1221.1
    59 Clint Brown 17.8 1955 1903 1928 1942 24-38 434 89 64 1485.2
    60 Bob Porterfield 17.7 1980 1923 1948 1959 24-35 318 87 8 1567.2
    61 Larry Benton 16.9 1953 1897 1923 1935 25-37 455 127 22 2297.0
    62 Dave Koslo 16.7 1975 1920 1941 1955 21-35 348 92 22 1591.1
    63 Jack Taylor 16.2 1900 1873 1891 1899 18-26 271 120 9 2091.0
    64 Bobby Mathews 16.1 1898 1851 1876 1887 24-35 323 166 3 2734.1
    65 Don McMahon 15.8 1987 1930 1957 1974 27-44 874 90 153 1310.2
    66 Eric Show 15.6 1994 1956 1981 1991 25-35 332 101 7 1655.0
    67 Togie Pittinger 15.4 1909 1872 1900 1907 28-35 262 115 3 2040.2
    68 Jim Tobin 15.3 1969 1912 1937 1945 24-32 287 105 5 1900.0
    69 Bob Miller 15.2 1993 1939 1957 1974 18-35 694 69 51 1551.1
    70 Guy Morton 15.1 1934 1893 1914 1924 21-31 317 98 6 1629.2
    71 Ned Garvin 14.8 1908 1874 1896 1904 22-30 181 58 3 1400.2
    72 Ed Siever 14.7 1920 1875 1901 1908 26-33 203 83 2 1507.0
    73 Rube Benton 14.6 1937 1890 1910 1925 20-35 437 150 21 2517.1
    74 Lew Richie 14.4 1936 1883 1906 1913 22-29 241 74 9 1359.1
    75 Jim Brewer 14.3 1987 1937 1960 1976 22-38 584 69 132 1040.1
    76 Stump Wiedman 14.2 1905 1861 1880 1888 19-27 279 101 2 2318.1
    77 Win Mercer 14.1 1903 1874 1894 1902 20-28 335 132 10 2484.2
    78 Max Butcher 13.7 1957 1910 1936 1945 25-34 334 95 9 1786.1
    79 Lynn McGlothen 13.5 1984 1950 1972 1982 22-32 318 86 2 1497.2
    80 Phil Collins 13.4 1948 1901 1923 1935 21-33 292 80 24 1324.1
    81 Duke Esper 13.2 1910 1867 1890 1898 22-30 236 101 5 1727.2
    82 Carl Lundgren 13.2 1934 1880 1902 1909 22-29 179 91 6 1322.0
    83 Bill Sweeney 12.9 1903 1858 1882 1884 24-26 82 49 0 708.0
    84 Jim Hughes 12.8 1924 1874 1898 1902 24-28 134 83 0 1088.0
    85 Cy Blanton 12.7 1945 1908 1934 1942 25-33 202 68 4 1218.1
    86 Dave Smith 12.6 2008 1955 1980 1992 25-37 609 53 216 809.1
    87 Vern Bickford 12.3 1960 1920 1948 1954 27-33 182 66 2 1076.1
    88 Dixie Davis 12.2 1944 1890 1912 1926 21-35 239 75 2 1318.2
    89 Sam Zoldak 12.2 1966 1918 1944 1952 25-33 250 43 8 929.1
    90 Vern Ruhle 12.2 2007 1951 1974 1986 23-35 327 67 11 1411.1
    91 Henry Porter 12.2 1906 1858 1884 1889 26-31 207 96 0 1793.1
    92 Tom Seaton 12.1 1940 1887 1912 1917 24-29 231 92 11 1340.0
    93 Doc McJames 12.0 1901 1874 1895 1901 20-26 178 79 4 1361.1
    94 Rod Beck 11.9 2007 1968 1991 2004 22-35 704 38 286 768.0
    95 Ken Brett 11.3 2003 1948 1967 1981 18-32 349 83 11 1526.1
    96 John Whitehead 11.1 1964 1909 1935 1942 26-33 172 49 4 944.0
    97 Hugh Casey 11.0 1951 1913 1935 1949 21-35 343 75 55 939.2
    98 Tom Underwood 10.8 2010 1953 1974 1984 20-30 379 86 18 1586.0
    99 Clay Kirby 10.8 1991 1948 1969 1976 21-28 261 75 0 1548.0
    100 John Ewing 10.8 1895 1863 1888 1891 25-28 129 53 2 1058.2
    101 Charlie Sweeney 10.3 1902 1863 1883 1887 20-24 129 64 1 1030.2
    102 Steve Howe 10.0 2006 1958 1980 1996 22-38 497 47 91 606.0
    103 Dick Selma 10.0 2001 1943 1965 1974 21-30 307 42 31 840.2
    104 Billy Taylor 9.9 1900 1855 1881 1887 26-32 100 50 4 799.2
    105 Cory Lidle 9.9 2006 1972 1997 2006 25-34 277 82 2 1322.2
    106 Mark Fidrych 9.8 2009 1954 1976 1980 21-25 58 29 0 412.1
    107 Hardie Henderson 9.4 1903 1862 1883 1888 20-25 210 81 0 1788.1
    108 Ed Willett 9.0 1934 1884 1906 1915 22-31 274 102 5 1773.1
    109 Allan Sothoron 8.9 1939 1893 1914 1926 21-33 264 91 9 1582.1
    110 Charlie Lea 8.9 2011 1956 1980 1988 23-31 152 62 0 923.1
    111 Bob Moose 8.8 1976 1947 1967 1976 19-28 289 76 19 1303.2
    112 Russ Christopher 8.8 1954 1917 1942 1948 24-30 241 54 35 999.2
    113 Buster Brown 8.7 1914 1881 1905 1913 23-31 234 51 4 1451.2
    114 Gene Krapp 8.6 1923 1887 1911 1915 24-28 118 40 1 764.1
    115 Ted Blankenship 8.5 1945 1901 1922 1930 21-29 241 77 4 1330.2
    116 Aurelio Lopez 8.3 1992 1948 1974 1987 25-38 459 62 93 910.0
    117 George Kaiserling 8.1 1918 1893 1914 1915 21-22 78 32 2 536.2
    118 Mickey Harris 8.1 1971 1917 1940 1952 23-35 271 59 21 1050.0
    119 Cal Koonce 8.0 1993 1940 1962 1971 21-30 334 47 24 971.0
    120 Dick Fowler 7.9 1972 1921 1941 1952 20-31 221 66 4 1303.0
    121 Harry Krause 7.7 1940 1888 1908 1912 19-23 85 36 2 525.1
    122 Francisco Barrios 7.7 1982 1953 1974 1981 21-28 129 38 3 718.0
    123 Harry McCormick 7.6 1889 1855 1879 1883 23-27 103 41 0 884.0
    124 Frank Allen 7.5 1933 1888 1912 1917 23-28 180 50 3 970.1
    125 George Brunet 7.5 1991 1935 1956 1971 21-36 324 69 4 1431.2
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 2/19/2012.

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    Comments on Pitchers Leaving Early

    1. Jim TreshFan
      February 20th, 2012 | 9:30 am

      The greatest pitcher to die young in my mind is Addie Joss:

      http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/5e51b2e7

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