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12. Tommy Bond

12. 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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Tommy Bond arrived in Boston in 1877 after a disagreement with his former Manager with the Hartford Dark Blues and the then-named Red Stockings would quickly love having the Irish-born Pitcher on the team.  Bond was a huge force on the mound where the sidearmer was arguably the best Pitcher in the National League from 1877 to 1879.  In that timeframe, which was basically the infancy of baseball, Bond won 40 Games each year, the first two of which were league-leading. He would also win the ERA Title twice, the Strikeout title twice, and was also first in WHIP twice.  1877 would see Bond win the Pitcher’s Triple Crown, making him the first to do so in the National League.  Bond tailed off quickly after his arm got weak but for the franchise he would win 149 Games.

It was not a long run but his dominance over that three year period warrants him a place here, even one this high.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed prior to the 1877 Season.
  • Departed: Signed with the Worcester Ruby Legs prior to the 1882 season.
  • Games Played: 247
  • Notable Statistics: 149-87 Record
    241 Games Started
    2.21 ERA
    225 Complete Games
    2,127.1 Innings Pitched
    627 Strikeouts
    2.34 FIP
    1.235 WHIP
    40.2 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1878 & 1888)
    Lowest ERA (1877 & 1889)
    Most Wins (1877 & 1888)
    Lowest WHIP (1877 & 1879)
    Lowest H/9 (1877)
    Lowest BB/9 (1877 & 1879)
    Most Games Pitched (1878)
    Most Innings Pitched (1878)
    Most Strikeouts (1877 & 1878)
    Most Games Started (1878)
    Most Complete Games (1878)
    Most Shutouts (1877, 1878 & 1879)
    Highest SO/BB (1877 & 1878)
    Highest ERA+ (1879)
    Most Games Pitched (1877)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1878, 1879 & 1880)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Pitcher (1880)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1879)

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