50. Jack Chesbro
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 5, 1874 in North Adams, MA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 12, 1899
  • Final Game: October 02, 1909
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“Happy” Jack Chesbro is one of the anomalies of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Some feel that he shouldn’t be there and is so because of the strength of his 1904 season.  Since that was as a New York Highlander (which was what the Yankees were called then), let’s take a look at it.

That year, Chesbro went 41 and 12 over 454.2 Innings with a 10.2 bWAR.  Chesbro’s 41 Wins is the most in the modern era and is likely untouchable for any pitcher these days.  While he never approached a campaign like that again, his overall numbers in New York were certainly good with 128 Wins with 93 Losses, a 2.58 ERA and a WHIP of 1.120.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed prior to the 1903 Season.
  • Departed: Signed by the Boston Red Sox off of Waivers 9/11/09.
  • Games Played: 269
  • Notable Statistics: 128 Wins
    93 Losses
    2.58 ERA
    227 Games Started
    168 Complete Games
    18 Shutouts
    36 Games Finished
    2 Saves
    1,952 Innings Pitched
    913 Strikeouts
    2.40 FIP
    1.122 WHIP
    2.10 SO/BB
    30.7 bWAR

    No Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1904)
    Most Wins (1904)
    Lowest H/9 (1904)
    Most Games Pitched (1904 & 1906)
    Most Complete Games (1904)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1904)
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