Lowest ERA For A Rookie Pitcher
Next is the Cubs’ Ed Reulbach (1905) with 1.42, followed by another Cub, Jack Pfiester (1906) with 1.51. Amazingly, the Cubs also had King Cole (1910), 1.80, and Carl Lundgren (1902), 1.97, on the list of the top 15 rookie ERA seasons.
These Cubs’ rookies all achieved their amazing rookie seasons in an 8 year span, 1902 to 1910. It is little wonder that together with pitchers Orval Overall and future Hall of Famer Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown that they were one of that decade’s dominant teams.