Single Season Leaders for ERA / Career Leaders for Earned Run Average

Next to games won during a season, the most commonly cited pitching statistic is the lowest earned run average during a single season. The following pitchers have each tossed a minimum of one inning per scheduled game, have an earned run average less than 1.75 (with raw averages being presented to further clarify Baseball Almanac's chart of the top 100 earned run average seasons), and a bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.

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"Rules or no rules, pitchers are going to throw spitters, it's a matter of survival." - Hall of Fame Pitcher Bob Gibson (#5 Ranked Single Season Earned Run Average Leader)

Earned Run Average
Single Season Leaders

'Top 500'

Tim Keefe 0.86 (0.857) 1880 Troy Trojans NL 1
Dutch Leonard 0.96 (0.961) 1914 Boston Red Sox AL 2
Ed Cushman 1.00 (1.000) 1884 Milwaukee Grays UA 3
Mordecai Brown 1.04 (1.038) 1906 Chicago Cubs NL 4
Bob Gibson 1.12 (1.123) 1968 St. Louis Cardinals NL 5
Christy Mathewson 1.14 (1.144) 1909 New York Giants NL 6
Walter Johnson 1.14 (1.145) 1913 Washington Senators AL 7
Jack Pfiester 1.15 (1.154) 1907 Chicago Cubs NL 8
Addie Joss 1.16 (1.163) 1908 Cleveland Naps AL 9
Carl Lundgren 1.17 (1.174) 1907 Chicago Cubs NL 10
Denny Driscoll 1.21 (1.209) 1882 Pittsburgh Alleghenys AA 11
Grover Alexander 1.22 (1.220) 1915 Philadelphia Phillies NL 12
George Bradley 1.23 (1.225) 1876 St. Louis Brown Stockings NL 13
Cy Young 1.26 (1.264) 1908 Boston Red Sox AL 14
Ed Walsh 1.27 (1.266) 1910 Chicago White Sox AL 15
Walter Johnson 1.27 (1.270) 1918 Washington Senators AL 16
Christy Mathewson 1.28 (1.276) 1905 New York Giants NL 17
Guy Hecker 1.30 (1.298) 1882 Louisville Eclipse AA 18
Jack Coombs 1.30 (1.300) 1910 Philadelphia Athletics AL 19
Mordecai Brown 1.31 (1.313) 1909 Chicago Cubs NL 20
Jack Taylor 1.33 (1.331) 1902 Chicago Cubs NL 21
Walter Johnson 1.36 (1.362) 1910 Washington Senators AL 22
George Bradley 1.38 (1.378) 1880 Providence Grays NL 23
Old Hoss Radbourn 1.38 (1.379) 1884 Providence Grays NL 24
Walter Johnson 1.39 (1.390) 1912 Washington Senators AL 25
Mordecai Brown 1.39 (1.391) 1907 Chicago Cubs NL 26
Harry Krause 1.39 (1.394) 1909 Philadelphia Athletics AL 27
Ed Walsh 1.41 (1.407) 1909 Chicago White Sox AL 28
Ed Walsh 1.42 (1.416) 1908 Chicago White Sox AL 29
Ed Reulbach 1.42 (1.419) 1905 Chicago Cubs NL 30
Orval Overall 1.42 (1.421) 1909 Chicago Cubs NL 31
Christy Mathewson 1.43 (1.428) 1908 New York Giants NL 32
Fred Anderson 1.44 (1.444) 1917 New York Giants NL 33
Mordecai Brown 1.47 (1.470) 1908 Chicago Cubs NL 34
Rube Waddell 1.48 (1.479) 1905 Philadelphia Athletics AL 35
Joe Wood 1.49 (1.487) 1915 Boston Red Sox AL 36
Walter Johnson 1.49 (1.488) 1919 Washington Senators AL 37
Jack Pfiester 1.51 (1.508) 1906 Chicago Cubs NL 38
John Ward 1.51 (1.509) 1878 Providence Grays NL 39
Harry McCormick 1.52 (1.516) 1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings AA 40
Doc White 1.52 (1.518) 1906 Chicago White Sox AL 41
George McQuillan 1.53 (1.526) 1908 Philadelphia Phillies NL 42
Dwight Gooden 1.53 (1.529) 1985 New York Mets NL 43
Eddie Cicotte 1.53 (1.532) 1917 Chicago White Sox AL 44
Will White 1.54 (1.538) 1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings AA 45
Cy Morgan 1.55 (1.548) 1910 Philadelphia Athletics AL 46
Grover Alexander 1.55 (1.550) 1916 Philadelphia Phillies NL 47
Walter Johnson 1.55 (1.550) 1915 Washington Senators AL
Howie Camnitz 1.56 (1.559) 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 49
Greg Maddux 1.56 (1.559) 1994 Atlanta Braves NL
Jim Devlin 1.56 (1.563) 1876 Louisville Grays NL 51
Tim Keefe 1.57 (1.575) 1885 New York Giants NL 52
Fred Toney 1.58 (1.576) 1915 Cincinnati Reds NL 53
Eddie Cicotte 1.58 (1.578) 1913 Chicago White Sox AL 54
Rube Marquard 1.58 (1.580) 1916 Brooklyn Robins NL 55
Chief Bender 1.58 (1.584) 1910 Philadelphia Athletics AL 56
Barney Pelty 1.59 (1.588) 1906 St. Louis Browns AL 57
Addie Joss 1.59 (1.591) 1904 Cleveland Blues AL 58
Ed Walsh 1.60 (1.598) 1907 Chicago White Sox AL 59
Luis Tiant 1.60 (1.603) 1968 Cleveland Indians AL 60
Joe McGinnity 1.61 (1.610) 1904 New York Giants NL 61
Ray Collins 1.62 (1.619) 1910 Boston Red Sox AL 62
Rube Waddell 1.62 (1.621) 1904 Philadelphia Athletics AL 63
Howie Camnitz 1.62 (1.622) 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 64
Cy Young 1.62 (1.624) 1901 Boston Americans AL 65
Shane Bieber 1.63 (1.629) 2020 Cleveland Indians AL 66
Greg Maddux 1.63 (1.631) 1995 Atlanta Braves NL 67
Spud Chandler 1.64 (1.636) 1943 New York Yankees AL 68
Ernie Shore 1.64 (1.640) 1915 Boston Red Sox AL 69
Silver King 1.64 (1.644) 1888 St. Louis Browns AA 70
Ed Summers 1.64 (1.645) 1908 Detroit Tigers AL 71
Dean Chance 1.65 (1.649) 1964 Los Angeles Angels AL 72
Walter Johnson 1.65 (1.650) 1908 Washington Senators AL 73
Ed Reulbach 1.65 (1.651) 1906 Chicago Cubs NL 74
Russ Ford 1.65 (1.652) 1910 New York Highlanders AL 75
Chief Bender 1.66 (1.656) 1909 Philadelphia Athletics AL 76
Zack Greinke 1.66 (1.657) 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 77
Sam Leever 1.66 (1.662) 1907 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 78
Carl Hubbell 1.66 (1.662) 1933 New York Giants NL
Mickey Welch 1.66 (1.665) 1885 New York Giants NL 80
Otto Hess 1.67 (1.665) 1904 Cleveland Blues AL
Candy Cummings 1.67 (1.667) 1876 Hartford Dark Blues NL 82
Frank Killen 1.68 (1.676) 1891 Milwaukee Brewers AA 83
Joe Wood 1.68 (1.676) 1910 Boston Red Sox AL
Tommy Bond 1.68 (1.676) 1876 Hartford Dark Blues NL
Orval Overall 1.68 (1.677) 1907 Chicago Cubs NL 86
Ed Reulbach 1.69 (1.688) 1907 Chicago Cubs NL 87
Claude Hendrix 1.69 (1.691) 1914 Chicago Whales FL 88
Bill Burns 1.69 (1.691) 1908 Washington Senators AL
Nolan Ryan 1.69 (1.691) 1981 Houston Astros NL
Jim McCormick 1.69 (1.692) 1878 Indianapolis Browns NL 91
Jacob deGrom 1.70 (1.700) 2018 New York Mets NL 92
Rube Foster 1.70 (1.701) 1914 Boston Red Sox AL 93
Charlie Sweeney 1.70 (1.701) 1884 Providence Grays NL
St. Louis Maroons UA
Addie Joss 1.71 (1.706) 1909 Cleveland Naps AL 95
Ed Killian 1.71 (1.713) 1909 Detroit Tigers AL 96
Walter Johnson 1.72 (1.719) 1914 Washington Senators AL 97
Ned Garvin 1.72 (1.719) 1904 Brooklyn Superbas NL
New York Highlanders AL
Doc White 1.72 (1.722) 1909 Chicago White Sox AL 99
Bill Doak 1.72 (1.723) 1914 St. Louis Cardinals NL 100
Grover Alexander 1.72 (1.723) 1919 Chicago Cubs NL
Addie Joss 1.72 (1.723) 1906 Cleveland Naps AL
Trevor Bauer 1.73 (1.726) 2020 Cincinnati Reds NL 103
Sandy Koufax 1.73 (1.728) 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 104
Bob Ewing 1.73 (1.731) 1907 Cincinnati Reds NL 105
Vic Willis 1.73 (1.733) 1906 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 106
Sandy Koufax 1.74 (1.735) 1964 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 107
Hippo Vaughn 1.74 (1.736) 1918 Chicago Cubs NL 108
Charlie Chech 1.74 (1.738) 1908 Cleveland Naps AL 109
John Ward 1.74 (1.739) 1880 Providence Grays NL 110
Henry Boyle 1.74 (1.740) 1884 St. Louis Maroons UA 111
Tim Keefe 1.74 (1.741) 1888 New York Giants NL 112
Pedro Martinez 1.74 (1.742) 2000 Boston Red Sox AL 113
Ron Guidry 1.74 (1.743) 1978 New York Yankees AL 114
Carl Mays 1.74 (1.744) 1917 Boston Red Sox AL 115
Earl Moore 1.74 (1.744) 1903 Cleveland Blues AL
Babe Ruth 1.75 (1.752) 1916 Boston Red Sox AL 117
Al Spalding 1.75 (1.753) 1876 Chicago White Stockings NL 118
Fred Goldsmith 1.75 (1.754) 1880 Chicago White Stockings NL 119
Henry Boyle 1.76 (1.757) 1886 St. Louis Maroons NL 120
Tom Seaver 1.76 (1.760) 1971 New York Mets NL 121
Doc White 1.76 (1.763) 1905 Chicago White Sox AL 122
Eddie Plank 1.76 (1.764) 1909 Philadelphia Athletics AL 123
Noodles Hahn 1.77 (1.766) 1902 Cincinnati Reds NL 124
Bob Rhoads 1.77 (1.767) 1908 Cleveland Naps AL 125
Jake Arrieta 1.77 (1.769) 2015 Chicago Cubs NL 126
Clayton Kershaw 1.77 (1.770) 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 127
Jack Powell 1.77 (1.770) 1906 St. Louis Browns AL
Mort Cooper 1.78 (1.776) 1942 St. Louis Cardinals NL 129
Doc White 1.78 (1.776) 1904 Chicago White Sox AL
Ed Killian 1.78 (1.777) 1907 Detroit Tigers AL 131
Eddie Cicotte 1.78 (1.781) 1916 Chicago White Sox AL 132
Ed Reulbach 1.78 (1.782) 1909 Chicago Cubs NL 133
Andy Coakley 1.78 (1.782) 1908 Chicago Cubs NL
Cincinnati Reds NL
Will White 1.79 (1.788) 1878 Cincinnati Reds NL 135
Hippo Vaughn 1.79 (1.790) 1919 Chicago Cubs NL 136
Guy Hecker 1.80 (1.798) 1884 Louisville Colonels AA 137
Billy O'Brien 1.80 (1.800) 1884 St. Paul White Caps UA 138
Bob Rhoads 1.80 (1.800) 1906 Cleveland Naps AL
Frank Smith 1.80 (1.800) 1909 Chicago White Sox AL
Stump Wiedman 1.80 (1.800) 1881 Detroit Wolverines NL
Vean Gregg 1.80 (1.802) 1911 Cleveland Naps AL 142
King Cole 1.80 (1.803) 1910 Chicago Cubs NL 143
Sam McDowell 1.81 (1.807) 1968 Cleveland Indians AL 144
Hal Newhouser 1.81 (1.810) 1945 Detroit Tigers AL 145
Stan Coveleski 1.81 (1.810) 1917 Cleveland Indians AL
Cy Morgan 1.81 (1.810) 1909 Boston Red Sox AL
Philadelphia Athletics AL
Dutch Ruether 1.82 (1.817) 1919 Cincinnati Reds NL 148
Vida Blue 1.82 (1.817) 1971 Oakland Athletics AL
Russ Ford 1.82 (1.819) 1914 Buffalo Buffeds FL 150
Eddie Cicotte 1.82 (1.820) 1919 Chicago White Sox AL 151
Jack Chesbro 1.82 (1.821) 1904 New York Highlanders AL 152
Stan Coveleski 1.82 (1.823) 1918 Cleveland Indians AL 153
Cy Young 1.82 (1.824) 1905 Boston Americans AL 154
Lew Richie 1.83 (1.827) 1908 Philadelphia Phillies NL 155
Hippo Vaughn 1.83 (1.827) 1910 New York Highlanders AL
Clayton Kershaw 1.83 (1.831) 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 157
Grover Alexander 1.83 (1.832) 1917 Philadelphia Phillies NL 158
Addie Joss 1.83 (1.834) 1907 Cleveland Naps AL 159
Otto Hess 1.83 (1.834) 1906 Cleveland Naps AL
Andy Coakley 1.84 (1.835) 1905 Philadelphia Athletics AL 161
Fred Toney 1.84 (1.840) 1919 New York Giants NL 162
Jim McCormick 1.84 (1.842) 1883 Cleveland Blues NL 163
Jim McCormick 1.85 (1.847) 1880 Cleveland Blues NL 164
John Clarkson 1.85 (1.849) 1885 Chicago White Stockings NL 165
Eppa Rixey 1.85 (1.850) 1916 Philadelphia Phillies NL 166
Lady Baldwin 1.86 (1.857) 1885 Detroit Wolverines NL 167
Mordecai Brown 1.86 (1.859) 1910 Chicago Cubs NL 168
Mordecai Brown 1.86 (1.865) 1904 Chicago Cubs NL 169
Lefty Leifield 1.87 (1.866) 1906 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 170
Wilbur Cooper 1.87 (1.866) 1916 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Phil Niekro 1.87 (1.870) 1967 Atlanta Braves NL 172
Kaiser Wilhelm 1.87 (1.870) 1908 Brooklyn Superbas NL
Roger Clemens 1.87 (1.874) 2005 Houston Astros NL 174
Ed Walsh 1.88 (1.875) 1906 Chicago White Sox AL 175
Tony Mullane 1.88 (1.877) 1882 Louisville Eclipse AA 176
Clark Griffith 1.88 (1.879) 1898 Chicago Orphans NL 177
Joe Horlen 1.88 (1.880) 1964 Chicago White Sox AL 178
Joe Lake 1.88 (1.881) 1909 New York Highlanders AL 179
Sandy Koufax 1.88 (1.881) 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers NL
Nick Altrock 1.88 (1.882) 1905 Chicago White Sox AL 181
Pol Perritt 1.88 (1.884) 1917 New York Giants NL 182
Harry Howell 1.89 (1.887) 1908 St. Louis Browns AL 183
Rube Waddell 1.89 (1.890) 1908 St. Louis Browns AL 184
Kevin Brown 1.89 (1.893) 1996 Florida Marlins NL 185
Blake Snell 1.89 (1.893) 2018 Tampa Bay Rays AL
Christy Mathewson 1.89 (1.894) 1910 New York Giants NL 187
Bill James 1.90 (1.896) 1914 Boston Braves NL 188
Ben Sanders 1.90 (1.896) 1888 Philadelphia Phillies NL
Walter Johnson 1.90 (1.899) 1911 Washington Senators AL 190
Walter Johnson 1.90 (1.899) 1916 Washington Senators AL
Art Fromme 1.90 (1.901) 1909 Cincinnati Reds NL 192
Jim Scott 1.90 (1.902) 1913 Chicago White Sox AL 193
Pedro Martinez 1.90 (1.902) 1997 Montreal Expos NL
Reb Russell 1.90 (1.904) 1913 Chicago White Sox AL 195
Jake Weimer 1.91 (1.906) 1904 Chicago Cubs NL 196
Grover Alexander 1.91 (1.907) 1920 Chicago Cubs NL 197
Willie Mitchell 1.91 (1.908) 1913 Cleveland Naps AL 198
Charley Hall 1.91 (1.908) 1910 Boston Red Sox AL
Joe Wood 1.91 (1.910) 1912 Boston Red Sox AL 200
Luis Tiant 1.91 (1.911) 1972 Boston Red Sox AL 201
Charlie Buffinton 1.91 (1.911) 1888 Philadelphia Phillies NL
Ed Siever 1.91 (1.912) 1902 Detroit Tigers AL 203
Wilbur Wood 1.91 (1.913) 1971 Chicago White Sox AL 204
Earl Moseley 1.91 (1.914) 1915 Newark Peppers FL 205
Bill Burns 1.92 (1.916) 1909 Chicago White Sox AL 206
Washington Senators AL
Jeff Pfeffer 1.92 (1.917) 1916 Brooklyn Robins NL 207
Gaylord Perry 1.92 (1.917) 1972 Cleveland Indians AL
Orval Overall 1.92 (1.920) 1908 Chicago Cubs NL 209
Larry Cheney 1.92 (1.921) 1916 Brooklyn Robins NL 210
Red Faber 1.92 (1.923) 1917 Chicago White Sox AL 211
Mickey Welch 1.93 (1.926) 1888 New York Giants NL 212
Cy Young 1.93 (1.927) 1892 Cleveland Spiders NL 213
Dolf Luque 1.93 (1.929) 1923 Cincinnati Reds NL 214
John Tudor 1.93 (1.931) 1985 St. Louis Cardinals NL 215
Roger Clemens 1.93 (1.931) 1990 Boston Red Sox AL
Harry Howell 1.93 (1.935) 1907 St. Louis Browns AL 217
Hal Newhouser 1.94 (1.937) 1946 Detroit Tigers AL 218
Allen Sothoron 1.94 (1.938) 1918 St. Louis Browns AL 219
Max Lanier 1.94 (1.941) 1943 St. Louis Cardinals NL 220
Frank Owen 1.94 (1.943) 1904 Chicago White Sox AL 221
Ray Caldwell 1.94 (1.944) 1914 New York Yankees AL 222
Dave McNally 1.95 (1.945) 1968 Baltimore Orioles AL 223
Larry Corcoran 1.95 (1.947) 1880 Chicago White Stockings NL 224
Jesse Tannehill 1.95 (1.948) 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 225
Larry Corcoran 1.95 (1.948) 1882 Chicago White Stockings NL
Reb Russell 1.95 (1.949) 1917 Chicago White Sox AL 227
Sam Weaver 1.95 (1.950) 1878 Milwaukee Grays NL 228
Billy Rhines 1.95 (1.951) 1890 Cincinnati Reds NL 229
Ferdie Schupp 1.95 (1.952) 1917 New York Giants NL 230
Fred Olmstead 1.95 (1.953) 1910 Chicago White Sox AL 231
Charlie Getzien 1.95 (1.955) 1884 Detroit Wolverines NL 232
Denny McLain 1.96 (1.955) 1968 Detroit Tigers AL
Tommy Bond 1.96 (1.961) 1879 Boston Red Caps NL 234
Jeff Tesreau 1.96 (1.963) 1912 New York Giants NL 235
Jim Bagby 1.96 (1.965) 1917 Cleveland Indians AL 236
Cy Young 1.97 (1.966) 1904 Boston Americans AL 237
Carl Lundgren 1.97 (1.969) 1902 Chicago Cubs NL 238
Billy Pierce 1.97 (1.969) 1955 Chicago White Sox AL
Harry Coveleski 1.97 (1.970) 1916 Detroit Tigers AL 240
Jeff Pfeffer 1.97 (1.971) 1914 Brooklyn Robins NL 241
Eddie Cicotte 1.97 (1.973) 1909 Boston Red Sox AL 242
Perry Werden 1.97 (1.974) 1884 St. Louis Maroons UA 243
Steve Carlton 1.97 (1.975) 1972 Philadelphia Phillies NL 244
Scott Perry 1.98 (1.977) 1918 Philadelphia Athletics AL 245
Harry Howell 1.98 (1.978) 1905 St. Louis Browns AL 246
Gary Peters 1.98 (1.979) 1966 Chicago White Sox AL 247
Charlie Ferguson 1.98 (1.979) 1886 Philadelphia Phillies NL
Tommy John 1.98 (1.979) 1968 Chicago White Sox AL
Babe Adams 1.98 (1.982) 1919 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 250
Will White 1.99 (1.985) 1879 Cincinnati Reds NL 251
Bobby Bolin 1.99 (1.987) 1968 San Francisco Giants NL 252
Dallas Keuchel 1.99 (1.989) 2020 Chicago White Sox AL 253
Cy Young 1.99 (1.992) 1907 Boston Americans AL 254
Christy Mathewson 1.99 (1.993) 1911 New York Giants NL 255
Pud Galvin 1.99 (1.994) 1884 Buffalo Bisons NL 256
Gary Nolan 1.99 (1.994) 1972 Cincinnati Reds NL
Jack Taylor 1.99 (1.994) 1906 Chicago Cubs NL
St. Louis Cardinals NL
Christy Mathewson 2.00 (2.000) 1907 New York Giants NL 259
Jack Pfiester 2.00 (2.000) 1908 Chicago Cubs NL
Tully Sparks 2.00 (2.004) 1907 Philadelphia Phillies NL 261
Lon Warneke 2.00 (2.005) 1933 Chicago Cubs NL 262
Lefty Tyler 2.00 (2.005) 1918 Chicago Cubs NL
Hooks Wiltse 2.00 (2.005) 1909 New York Giants NL
Harry Gaspar 2.01 (2.008) 1909 Cincinnati Reds NL 265
Charlie Hodnett 2.01 (2.008) 1884 St. Louis Maroons UA
Hippo Vaughn 2.01 (2.009) 1917 Chicago Cubs NL 267
Whitey Ford 2.01 (2.011) 1958 New York Yankees AL 268
Ed Seward 2.01 (2.013) 1888 Philadelphia Athletics AA 269
Yu Darvish 2.01 (2.013) 2020 Chicago Cubs NL
Doc Watson 2.01 (2.013) 1914 Chicago Whales FL
St. Louis Terriers FL
Babe Ruth 2.01 (2.013) 1917 Boston Red Sox AL
Eddie Plank 2.01 (2.013) 1910 Philadelphia Athletics AL
Addie Joss 2.01 (2.014) 1905 Cleveland Naps AL 274
Kid Nichols 2.02 (2.016) 1904 St. Louis Cardinals NL 275
Red Faber 2.02 (2.016) 1916 Chicago White Sox AL
Al Benton 2.02 (2.019) 1945 Detroit Tigers AL 277
Lefty Tyler 2.02 (2.021) 1916 Boston Braves NL 278
Bob Wicker 2.02 (2.022) 1905 Chicago Cubs NL 279
Joe Wood 2.02 (2.024) 1911 Boston Red Sox AL 280
Bugs Raymond 2.03 (2.026) 1908 St. Louis Cardinals NL 281
Ed Reulbach 2.03 (2.026) 1908 Chicago Cubs NL
Frank Smith 2.03 (2.026) 1908 Chicago White Sox AL
Orel Hershiser 2.03 (2.028) 1985 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 284
Phil Douglas 2.03 (2.028) 1919 Chicago Cubs NL
New York Giants NL
Adonis Terry 2.03 (2.031) 1888 Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers AA 286
Christy Mathewson 2.03 (2.032) 1904 New York Giants NL 287
Jim Scott 2.03 (2.035) 1915 Chicago White Sox AL 288
Ed Karger 2.04 (2.035) 1907 St. Louis Cardinals NL
Sandy Koufax 2.04 (2.038) 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 290
Eddie Cicotte 2.04 (2.038) 1914 Chicago White Sox AL
Al Mamaux 2.04 (2.038) 1915 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Catfish Hunter 2.04 (2.042) 1972 Oakland Athletics AL 293
Jesse Tannehill 2.04 (2.045) 1904 Boston Americans AL 294
Roger Clemens 2.05 (2.045) 1997 Toronto Blue Jays AL
Buttons Briggs 2.05 (2.047) 1904 Chicago Cubs NL 296
Nick Cullop 2.05 (2.048) 1916 New York Yankees AL 297
Old Hoss Radbourn 2.05 (2.050) 1883 Providence Grays NL 298
Deacon Phillippe 2.05 (2.051) 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 299
Chief Bender 2.05 (2.052) 1907 Philadelphia Athletics AL 300
Rube Waddell 2.05 (2.052) 1902 Philadelphia Athletics AL
Patsy Flaherty 2.05 (2.053) 1904 Chicago White Sox AL 302
Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Hippo Vaughn 2.05 (2.053) 1914 Chicago Cubs NL
Stan Bahnsen 2.05 (2.054) 1968 New York Yankees AL 304
Bob Veale 2.05 (2.054) 1968 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Glenn Liebhardt 2.05 (2.055) 1907 Cleveland Naps AL 306
Slim Sallee 2.06 (2.056) 1919 Cincinnati Reds NL 307
Noodles Hahn 2.06 (2.056) 1904 Cincinnati Reds NL
Sam Leever 2.06 (2.057) 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 309
Lefty Grove 2.06 (2.058) 1931 Philadelphia Athletics AL 310
Joe Horlen 2.06 (2.058) 1967 Chicago White Sox AL
Christy Mathewson 2.06 (2.059) 1913 New York Giants NL 312
Nap Rucker 2.06 (2.059) 1907 Brooklyn Superbas NL
Tommy Bond 2.06 (2.061) 1878 Boston Red Caps NL 314
Allie Reynolds 2.06 (2.063) 1952 New York Yankees AL 315
Nick Altrock 2.06 (2.065) 1906 Chicago White Sox AL 316
Jim Palmer 2.07 (2.067) 1972 Baltimore Orioles AL 317
Pedro Martinez 2.07 (2.067) 1999 Boston Red Sox AL
Carl Weilman 2.07 (2.068) 1919 St. Louis Browns AL 319
Vic Willis 2.07 (2.068) 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
George Winter 2.07 (2.069) 1907 Boston Americans AL 321
Bob Caruthers 2.07 (2.071) 1885 St. Louis Browns AA 322
Bill Sowders 2.07 (2.073) 1888 Boston Beaneaters NL 323
Bill Swift 2.08 (2.077) 1992 San Francisco Giants NL 324
Bill Donovan 2.08 (2.077) 1908 Detroit Tigers AL
Pat Ragan 2.08 (2.077) 1916 Boston Braves NL
Carl Weilman 2.08 (2.077) 1914 St. Louis Browns AL
Roger Nelson 2.08 (2.077) 1972 Kansas City Royals AL
Nap Rucker 2.08 (2.079) 1908 Brooklyn Superbas NL 329
Tom Seaver 2.08 (2.079) 1973 New York Mets NL
Don Sutton 2.08 (2.079) 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers NL
Eddie Plank 2.08 (2.080) 1915 St. Louis Terriers FL 332
Cy Young 2.08 (2.081) 1903 Boston Americans AL 333
Jerry Koosman 2.08 (2.082) 1968 New York Mets NL 334
Mike O'Neill 2.09 (2.086) 1904 St. Louis Cardinals NL 335
Dazzy Vance 2.09 (2.087) 1928 Brooklyn Robins NL 336
Dinelson Lamet 2.09 (2.087) 2020 San Diego Padres NL
Old Hoss Radbourn 2.09 (2.089) 1882 Providence Grays NL 338
Jim Whitney 2.09 (2.089) 1884 Boston Beaneaters NL
Jim Palmer 2.09 (2.090) 1975 Baltimore Orioles AL 340
Will White 2.09 (2.090) 1883 Cincinnati Red Stockings AA
Frank Smith 2.09 (2.091) 1904 Chicago White Sox AL 342
Bill James 2.09 (2.091) 1917 Detroit Tigers AL
Mordecai Brown 2.09 (2.095) 1915 Chicago Whales FL 344
Ned Garvin 2.09 (2.095) 1902 Brooklyn Superbas NL
Chicago White Stockings AL
Ted Lyons 2.10 (2.096) 1942 Chicago White Sox AL 346
Carl Mays 2.10 (2.098) 1919 Boston Red Sox AL 347
New York Yankees AL
Howie Pollet 2.10 (2.098) 1946 St. Louis Cardinals NL
Jeff Pfeffer 2.10 (2.098) 1915 Brooklyn Robins NL
Spud Chandler 2.10 (2.098) 1946 New York Yankees AL
Lefty Leifield 2.10 (2.099) 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 351
Billy Taylor 2.10 (2.099) 1884 Philadelphia Athletics AA
St. Louis Maroons UA
Warren Spahn 2.10 (2.100) 1953 Milwaukee Braves NL 353
Bill Dinneen 2.10 (2.102) 1908 St. Louis Browns AL 354
Frank Owen 2.10 (2.102) 1905 Chicago White Sox AL
Sam Leever 2.10 (2.102) 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Juan Marichal 2.10 (2.102) 1969 San Francisco Giants NL
Earl Moore 2.10 (2.102) 1909 Philadelphia Phillies NL
Dave Roberts 2.10 (2.103) 1971 San Diego Padres NL 359
Al Maul 2.10 (2.103) 1898 Baltimore Orioles NL
Eddie Plank 2.10 (2.104) 1911 Philadelphia Athletics AL 361
Pete Schneider 2.10 (2.104) 1917 Cincinnati Reds NL
Slim Sallee 2.10 (2.104) 1914 St. Louis Cardinals NL
Frank Corridon 2.11 (2.105) 1909 Philadelphia Phillies NL 364
Dick Ellsworth 2.11 (2.106) 1963 Chicago Cubs NL 365
Dave Foutz 2.11 (2.107) 1886 St. Louis Browns AA 366
Wilbur Cooper 2.11 (2.107) 1918 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Tommy Bond 2.11 (2.107) 1877 Boston Red Caps NL
Ray Fisher 2.11 (2.108) 1915 New York Yankees AL 369
Jack Powell 2.11 (2.109) 1909 St. Louis Browns AL 370
Jack Powell 2.11 (2.109) 1908 St. Louis Browns AL
Bullet Joe Bush 2.11 (2.112) 1918 Boston Red Sox AL 372
Harry Howell 2.11 (2.114) 1906 St. Louis Browns AL 373
Christy Mathewson 2.11 (2.114) 1902 New York Giants NL
Joe Benz 2.11 (2.115) 1915 Chicago White Sox AL 375
Rube Foster 2.11 (2.115) 1915 Boston Red Sox AL
Lew Brockett 2.12 (2.118) 1909 New York Highlanders AL 377
Johnny Lush 2.12 (2.118) 1908 St. Louis Cardinals NL
Bill Bernhard 2.12 (2.119) 1903 Cleveland Blues AL 379
Tom Hughes 2.12 (2.119) 1915 Boston Braves NL
Christy Mathewson 2.12 (2.119) 1912 New York Giants NL
Dizzy Trout 2.12 (2.120) 1944 Detroit Tigers AL 382
Heinie Berger 2.12 (2.122) 1908 Cleveland Naps AL 383
Roger Wolff 2.12 (2.124) 1945 Washington Senators AL 384
Steve Blass 2.12 (2.124) 1968 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Dutch Leonard 2.12 (2.125) 1945 Washington Senators AL 386
Phil Douglas 2.13 (2.126) 1918 Chicago Cubs NL 387
Wilbur Cooper 2.13 (2.126) 1914 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
John Ward 2.13 (2.127) 1881 Providence Grays NL 389
Clayton Kershaw 2.13 (2.128) 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 390
Frank Smith 2.13 (2.129) 1905 Chicago White Sox AL 391
Doc White 2.13 (2.130) 1903 Chicago White Stockings AL 392
Kyle Hendricks 2.13 (2.132) 2016 Chicago Cubs NL 393
Johnny Beazley 2.13 (2.132) 1942 St. Louis Cardinals NL
Mickey Hughes 2.13 (2.132) 1888 Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers AA
Bill Bernhard 2.13 (2.133) 1904 Cleveland Blues AL 396
Juan Marichal 2.13 (2.133) 1965 San Francisco Giants NL
Whitey Ford 2.13 (2.134) 1964 New York Yankees AL 398
Kid Nichols 2.13 (2.134) 1898 Boston Beaneaters NL
John Clarkson 2.14 (2.136) 1884 Chicago White Stockings NL 400
Felix Hernandez 2.14 (2.136) 2014 Seattle Mariners AL
Burleigh Grimes 2.14 (2.136) 1918 Brooklyn Robins NL
Bobby Mitchell 2.14 (2.138) 1878 Cincinnati Reds NL 403
Guy Morton 2.14 (2.138) 1915 Cleveland Indians AL
Terry Larkin 2.14 (2.138) 1877 Hartford Dark Blues NL
Will White 2.14 (2.140) 1880 Cincinnati Reds NL 406
Joe Boehling 2.14 (2.142) 1913 Washington Senators AL 407
Buttons Briggs 2.14 (2.143) 1905 Chicago Cubs NL 408
Jack Manning 2.14 (2.144) 1876 Boston Red Caps NL 409
George McQuillan 2.14 (2.144) 1909 Philadelphia Phillies NL
Don Drysdale 2.15 (2.146) 1968 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 411
Charlie Buffinton 2.15 (2.147) 1884 Boston Beaneaters NL 412
John Ward 2.15 (2.147) 1879 Providence Grays NL
Lee Richmond 2.15 (2.148) 1880 Worcester Ruby Legs NL 414
Rube Waddell 2.15 (2.150) 1907 Philadelphia Athletics AL 415
Howie Camnitz 2.15 (2.150) 1907 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Bill Bernhard 2.15 (2.150) 1902 Cleveland Blues AL
Philadelphia Athletics AL
Babe Adams 2.15 (2.152) 1913 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 418
Carl Weilman 2.15 (2.152) 1916 St. Louis Browns AL
Cy Young 2.15 (2.153) 1902 Boston Americans AL 420
Ed Walsh 2.15 (2.153) 1912 Chicago White Sox AL
Vern Law 2.15 (2.153) 1965 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Babe Adams 2.16 (2.156) 1920 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 423
Hal Schumacher 2.16 (2.157) 1933 New York Giants NL 424
Zack Greinke 2.16 (2.158) 2009 Kansas City Royals AL 425
Tully Sparks 2.16 (2.160) 1906 Philadelphia Phillies NL 426
Dazzy Vance 2.16 (2.160) 1924 Brooklyn Robins NL
Red Ames 2.16 (2.160) 1907 New York Giants NL
Art Nehf 2.16 (2.160) 1917 Boston Braves NL
Bret Saberhagen 2.16 (2.161) 1989 Kansas City Royals AL 430
Ed Siever 2.16 (2.163) 1907 Detroit Tigers AL 431
Bob Tewksbury 2.16 (2.163) 1992 St. Louis Cardinals NL
Chief Bender 2.16 (2.163) 1911 Philadelphia Athletics AL
Dick Rudolph 2.16 (2.163) 1916 Boston Braves NL
Case Patten 2.17 (2.165) 1906 Washington Senators AL 435
Eddie Plank 2.17 (2.166) 1904 Philadelphia Athletics AL 436
Doc Ayers 2.17 (2.167) 1917 Washington Senators AL 437
Sam Leever 2.17 (2.167) 1904 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Ray Fisher 2.17 (2.168) 1919 Cincinnati Reds NL 439
Mordecai Brown 2.17 (2.169) 1905 Chicago Cubs NL 440
Jack Chesbro 2.17 (2.169) 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
Slim Sallee 2.17 (2.170) 1917 New York Giants NL 442
Jeff Tesreau 2.17 (2.170) 1913 New York Giants NL
Eddie Plank 2.17 (2.170) 1908 Philadelphia Athletics AL
Dick Rudolph 2.17 (2.171) 1919 Boston Braves NL 445
Steve Carlton 2.17 (2.171) 1969 St. Louis Cardinals NL
Dutch Leonard 2.17 (2.171) 1917 Boston Red Sox AL
Mike Paul 2.17 (2.171) 1972 Texas Rangers AL
Chris Sale 2.17 (2.172) 2014 Chicago White Sox AL 449
Guy Hecker 2.17 (2.175) 1885 Louisville Colonels AA 450
Hooks Wiltse 2.18 (2.175) 1907 New York Giants NL
Jesse Tannehill 2.18 (2.176) 1901 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 452
Sam McDowell 2.18 (2.176) 1965 Cleveland Indians AL
Harry Harper 2.18 (2.176) 1918 Washington Senators AL
Dave Foutz 2.18 (2.177) 1884 St. Louis Browns AA 455
Joe Magrane 2.18 (2.177) 1988 St. Louis Cardinals NL
Bob Gibson 2.18 (2.178) 1969 St. Louis Cardinals NL 457
Ed Morris 2.18 (2.178) 1884 Columbus Colts AA
George Mogridge 2.18 (2.181) 1918 New York Yankees AL 459
Bob Feller 2.18 (2.181) 1946 Cleveland Indians AL
Greg Maddux 2.18 (2.183) 1992 Chicago Cubs NL 461
Bob Knepper 2.18 (2.183) 1981 Houston Astros NL
Tully Sparks 2.18 (2.184) 1905 Philadelphia Phillies NL 463
Joe Wood 2.18 (2.185) 1909 Boston Red Sox AL 464
Don Drysdale 2.18 (2.185) 1964 Los Angeles Dodgers NL
Frank Arellanes 2.18 (2.185) 1909 Boston Red Sox AL
Willie Mitchell 2.19 (2.185) 1917 Detroit Tigers AL
Dummy Taylor 2.19 (2.186) 1902 Cleveland Blues AL 468
New York Giants NL
Tony Mullane 2.19 (2.188) 1883 St. Louis Browns AA 469
Jose Fernandez 2.19 (2.189) 2013 Miami Marlins NL 470
Addie Joss 2.19 (2.189) 1903 Cleveland Blues AL
Hoyt Wilhelm 2.19 (2.190) 1959 Baltimore Orioles AL 472
Elton Chamberlain 2.19 (2.192) 1888 Louisville Colonels AA 473
St. Louis Browns AA
Dick Bosman 2.19 (2.192) 1969 Washington Senators AL
Bill Donovan 2.19 (2.192) 1907 Detroit Tigers AL
Harry Howell 2.19 (2.192) 1904 St. Louis Browns AL
Deacon Phillippe 2.19 (2.194) 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 477
Vic Willis 2.20 (2.195) 1902 Boston Beaneaters NL 478
Jack Chesbro 2.20 (2.196) 1905 New York Highlanders AL 479
Dummy Taylor 2.20 (2.197) 1906 New York Giants NL 480
George McConnell 2.20 (2.198) 1915 Chicago Whales FL 481
Glenn Liebhardt 2.20 (2.198) 1908 Cleveland Naps AL
Bill Dinneen 2.20 (2.199) 1904 Boston Americans AL 483
Fred Toney 2.20 (2.199) 1917 Cincinnati Reds NL
Eddie Plank 2.20 (2.200) 1907 Philadelphia Athletics AL 485
Allen Sothoron 2.20 (2.200) 1919 St. Louis Browns AL
Dave Davenport 2.20 (2.200) 1915 St. Louis Terriers FL
Old Hoss Radbourn 2.20 (2.201) 1885 Providence Grays NL 488
George Derby 2.20 (2.201) 1881 Detroit Wolverines NL
Chris Short 2.20 (2.202) 1964 Philadelphia Phillies NL 490
Tom Seaver 2.20 (2.204) 1968 New York Mets NL 491
Hippo Vaughn 2.20 (2.204) 1916 Chicago Cubs NL
Joe Lake 2.20 (2.204) 1910 St. Louis Browns AL
Don Sutton 2.20 (2.204) 1980 Los Angeles Dodgers NL
Greg Maddux 2.20 (2.205) 1997 Atlanta Braves NL 495
Chief Bender 2.21 (2.206) 1913 Philadelphia Athletics AL 496
Tom Seaver 2.21 (2.206) 1969 New York Mets NL
Bob Ewing 2.21 (2.207) 1908 Cincinnati Reds NL 498
Nap Rucker 2.21 (2.207) 1912 Brooklyn Superbas NL
Trevor Bauer 2.21 (2.207) 2018 Cleveland Indians AL 500
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