19. Bob Caruthers
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 5, 1864 in Memphis, TN USA
  • Weight: 138 lbs.
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 07, 1884
  • Final Game: May 19, 1893
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Admittedly when we began this process for the top 50 St. Louis Cardinals we did not think that Bob Caruthers would be this high but after looking some of his dominant pitching performances and the fact he also doubled as an Outfielder and was a really good hitter, his actual value to the team was far greater than we initially thought.

We will start with his hitting and while playing for St. Louis he would have a Slash Line of .300/.401/.431 and was the American Association leader in OBP and OPS in 1886, which would be the same season that he would take the then name Browns to a (pre-modern era) World Series win over Chicago of the National League.  He went 2-1 with a WHIP of 0.923 in the series.  

With that last sentence, a perfect segue to his Pitching where he would post 108 Wins against only 48 Losses.  1885 was his best season on the mound where he had led the AA in both Wins (40) and Earned Run Average (2.07), which was followed by a 30 and 29 Win season respectively.  His career ERA for St. Louis is 2.75, which is more than solid.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher, Outfield
  • Acquired: Signed prior to the 1884 Season.
  • Departed:

    Purchased by the Brooklyn Grays foe $8,250 11/26/87.

    Acquired (2): Signed prior to the 1892 Season.

    Departed (2): Released 3/17/93.
  • Games Played: 165
  • Notable Statistics: 108-48 Record
    152 Games Started
    2.75 ERA
    151 Complete Games
    12 Games Finished
    1 Saves
    1,395 Innings Pitched
    509 Strikeouts
    3.15 FIP
    1.095 WHIP
    35.5 bWAR
    321 Runs
    450 Hits
    72 Doubles
    35 Triples
    18 Home Runs
    215 RBI
    99 Stolen Bases
    Slash Line .300/.401/.431
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series (1886)

    Lowest ERA (1885)

    Most Wins (1885)

    Lowest WHIP (1887)

    Highest ERA+ (1885)

    Highest On Base  (1886)

    Highest OPS (1886)

    Highest OPS+ (1886)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Pitcher (1887)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1887)
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