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80. Tommy Bond
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 2, 1856 in Granard, Ireland
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 05, 1874
  • Final Game: August 11, 1884
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1877
 
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We are going way back for this one, as the career of Tommy Bond began in 1874, where he became the first Irish born baseball player to be a professional.

Bond had a low sidearm delivery, which technically was considered underhand, and was legal at the time.  Bond predated the National League, as he debuted for the Brooklyn Atlantics of the National Association, and was with the Hartford Dark Blues when they migrated to the then infant National League in 1876.  He joined the Boston Red Caps (who are now known as the Atlanta Braves) in 1877, and it was there where he had the best run of his career.  It was in the state of Massachusetts where he had three straight 40 Win seasons (Bond led the NL in that stat in 1877 and 1878) and would also win the ERA Tile in 1877 and 1879.  While he was not considered a flamethrower by today’s standards, he won the Strikeout Title in 1877 and 1878, thus making him the recipient of baseball’s Triple Crown in ’77.  

After throwing over 2,000 Innings from 1877 to 1880, Bond suffered from arm fatigue, and the subsequent change of the pitcher's mound from 45 to 50 feet also did him no favors.  He was out of baseball shortly after, but there should be no doubt that Bond was among the best hurlers in the game at one point, and one of the first great ones.

As of this writing, Bond is second all-time in BB/9 (0.479) and in SO/BB (5.026).

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Granard, Ireland
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Boston Red Caps, Boston Reds, Brooklyn Atlantics, Hartford Dark Blues, Indianapolis Hoosiers, Worcester Ruby Legs
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (2) (NL) (1878 & 1879)
    Lowest ERA (2) (NL) (1877 & 1879)
    Most Wins (2) (NL) (1877 & 1879)
    Lowest WHIP (2) (NL) (1877 & 1879)
    Lowest H/9 (1) (NL) (1877)
    Lowest BB/9 (3) (NA) (1874), (NL) (1877 & 1879)
    Highest SO/9 (1) (NL) (1876) 
    Most Games Pitched (1) (NL) (1878)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (NL) (1878)
    Most Strikeouts (2) (NL) (1877 & 1879)
    Most Games Started (1) (NL) (1878)
    Most Complete Games (1) (NL) (1878)
    Most Shutouts (3) (NL) (1877, 1878 & 1879)
    Highest SO/BB (4) (NA) (1874) (NL) (1877, 1878 & 1879)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (NL) (1879)
    Lowest FIP (1) (NL) (1876)
    World Series Rings (None) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    6 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts) 
    6 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    2.   BB/9: 0.479
    2.   SO/BB: 5.036
    9.   FIP: 2.34
    10. ERA: 2.14
    20. Complete Games: 386
    21. WHIP: 1.091
    38. Shutouts: 42
    59. bWAR for Pitchers: 61.0
    60. Innings Pitched: 3,628.7
    64. Wins: 234

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1936: 1.3% (Veterans)

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