In 1889, John Clarkson finished first in Wins (49), Earned Run Average (2.73), Games Pitched (73), Innings Pitched (620), Strikeouts (284), WHIP (1.277) and bWAR for Pitchers (16.7). That 16.7 is the fifth-highest EVER by Pitchers in any season. Clarkson would have won an award for a Pitcher had there been one in existence back then. He would have two more good seasons for Boston before he was surprisingly released midway through the 1892 season.
His overall resume with the Beaneaters saw him post a 149 and 82 record with a 2.82 ERA.Clarkson would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963 via the Veteran’s Committee.