Earned Run Average : 1908 National League Top 25

Finding the American or National League leader in virtually every hitting & pitching statistic is easy-to-do. Finding the top 25 players during any given season is far more challenging. Baseball Almanac has taken away that difficult problem and is pleased to present the data you requested:

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1908 Earned Run Average Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Christy Mathewson 1.43 (1.4283) New York Giants 1
Mordecai Brown 1.47 (1.4696) Chicago Cubs 2
George McQuillan 1.53 (1.5264) Philadelphia Phillies 3
Howie Camnitz 1.56 (1.5592) Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Andy Coakley 1.78 (1.7817) Cincinnati Reds 5
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Lew Richie 1.83 (1.8266) Philadelphia Phillies 6
Kaiser Wilhelm 1.87 (1.8705) Brooklyn Superbas 7
Orval Overall 1.92 (1.9200) Chicago Cubs 8
Jack Pfiester 2.00 (2.0000) Chicago Cubs 9
Bugs Raymond 2.03 (2.0257) St. Louis Cardinals 10
Ed Reulbach 2.03 (2.0258) Chicago Cubs 11
Vic Willis 2.07 (2.0678) Pittsburgh Pirates 12
Nap Rucker 2.08 (2.0790) Brooklyn Superbas 13
Lefty Leifield 2.10 (2.0991) Pittsburgh Pirates 14
Sam Leever 2.10 (2.1021) Pittsburgh Pirates 15
Johnny Lush 2.12 (2.1183) St. Louis Cardinals 16
Bob Ewing 2.21 (2.2066) Cincinnati Reds 17
Hooks Wiltse 2.24 (2.2364) New York Giants 18
Chick Fraser 2.27 (2.2684) Chicago Cubs 19
Joe McGinnity 2.27 (2.2742) New York Giants 20
Nick Maddox 2.28 (2.2788) Pittsburgh Pirates 21
Vive Lindaman 2.36 (2.3608) Boston Doves 22
Irv Young 2.42 (2.4218) Boston Doves 23
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jim Pastorius 2.44 (2.4431) Brooklyn Superbas 24
Cecil Ferguson 2.47 (2.4663) Boston Doves 25
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baseball almanac fast facts

The most recognizable Detroit Tiger to wear the number twenty-five was probably Norm Cash (who wore it from 1960 through 1974), but did you know that Hall of Famer Larry Doby also wore it during his single season with Detroit?

Future Hall of Famer Sammy Sosa is best known for wearing number twenty-one; however, when the young slugger played for the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991) he only wore number twenty-five.

The first player from the Angels franchise (they were the California Angels at the time) to wear the number twenty-five was Bob Perry .

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