33. Frank Smith
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 24, 1857 in Fonthill, ON CAN
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws:
  • Debut: August 06, 1884
  • Final Game: October 03, 1884

Frank Smith debuted as a Rule 5 Draft Pick in 1904, and he paid immediate dividends in his first two seasons with 35 Wins and with both of his seasons seeing him secure top ten finished in ERA.  It was a good start, but there was a valley before he would hit the mountain.

Smith was injured and awful in 1906, appearing in 20 Games and having a negative bWAR, but in 1907 he rebounded huge with a 23-10 record with a 2.47 ERA.  He had a losing record in 1908 but had a WHIP under 1.000, and a 2.03 ERA.  This brings us to 1909, which was a year that had a Cy Young Award existed; he would have won easily.  Smith went 25-17 with a 1.80 ERA, 0.953 WHIP, and led the AL in Games Pitched (51), Innings Pitched (365.0) and bWAR (7.1).  This was the year that landed him this rank!

Sadly, that was it for Smith, as his game fell apart, and he was dealt to Boston the following year.  He was also a very good hitting Pitcher with a .208 Batting Average with 32 Doubles and 69 RBIs.  He would post a record of 108-80 with a 2.18 ERA with the White Sox.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Drafted from Birmingham (Southern Association) in the Rule 5 Draft 9/??/03.
  • Departed: Traded to the Boston Red Sox with Billy Purtell for Harry Lord and Amby McConnell 8/11/10.
  • Games Played: 237
  • Notable Statistics: 108 Wins
    80 Losses
    194 Games Started
    2.18 ERA
    156 Complete Games
    39 Games Finished
    3 Saves
    1,718.1 Innings Pitched
    826 Strikeouts
    2.33 FIP
    1.079 WHIP
    24.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1909)
    Most Games Pitched (1909)
    Most Innings Pitched (1909)
    Most Strikeouts (1909)
    Most Games Started (1909)
    Most Complete Games (1909)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1909)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1909)

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