Wednesday, October 20, 2004

ERA records

Henry Chadwick -- the father of baseball statistics keeping -- first devised the Earned Run Average (ERA) in the 1900s. It wasn't widely adopted, though, until 1912 when the National League kept official ERA statistics. At the time, it was called Heydler's Statistic after NL secretary John Heydler.

Lowest Single Season ERA - Tim Keefe, 0.86 (1880 )
Lowest Single Season ERA (modern) - Bob Gibson, 1.12 (1968 )
Lowest Single Season ERA (active) - Greg Maddox, 1.56 (1994 )
Lowest Career ERA - Ed Walsh, 1.82
Lowest Career ERA (active) - Pedro Martinez, 2.58

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