BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Assorted

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Pete Browning

Pete Browning

When compiling the record book I found a number of categories that didn’t fit anywhere else. For instance, what about all-star game appearances? For a long time there wasn’t an all-star game, and a player obviously couldn’t appear in more than one in a season. I wanted to do on-base percentage, but the logistics of compiling the single-season list ended up being too daunting. If I figure it out I’ll still pass it along, but until then here are some record lists that didn’t quite fit in any other post:

Career All-Star Game Appearances

  1. Pee Wee Reese — 1940-1958 — 10
  2. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — 9
  3. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 6
  4. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 5
  5. Stan Spence — 1940-1949 — 4/Gus Bell — 1950-1964 — 4

Career On-Base Percentage (Minimum 1000 games)

  1. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — .403
  2. Earle Combs — 1924-1935 — .397
  3. George Harper — 1916-1929 — .380
  4. Bobby Veach — 1912-1925 — .370
  5. Stan Spence — 1940-1949 — .369

Career Slugging Percentage (Minimum 1000 games)

  1. Jay Buhner — 1987-2001 — .494
  2. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — .467
  3. Mike Greenwell — 1985-1996 — .463
  4. Earle Combs — 1924-1935 — .462
  5. George Harper — 1916-1929 — .455

Career Winning Percentage (Minimum 200 decisions)

  1. Jesse Tannehill — 1894-1922 — .629
  2. Carl Mays — 1915-1929 — .622
  3. Howie Camnitz — 1904-1915 — .556
  4. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — .549
  5. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — .532

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: ERA

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Howie Camnitz baseball card

Howie Camnitz baseball card

We’re moving on to ERA in the record book series. As you’d expect most of these records are from the turn-of-the-century dead ball era. To qualify for the career record a pitcher had to have at least 1,000 innings pitched and 300 starts. For the single-season record, the pitcher had to have at least 125 innings pitched. Remember we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which limits the record book to native Kentuckians.

Career ERA Leaders

  1. Howie Camnitz — 1904-1915 — 2.75
  2. Jesse Tannehill — 1894-1911 — 2.79
  3. Carl Mays — 1915-1929 — 2.92
  4. Don Gullett — 1970-1978 — 3.11
  5. Brandon Webb — 2000-2009 — 3.27

Single-Season ERA Leaders

  1. Howie Camnitz — 1908 — 1.56
  2. Camnitz — 1909 — 1.62
  3. Carl Mays — 1917 — 1.74
  4. Jesse Tannehill — 1902 — 1.95
  5. Tannehill — 1904 — 2.04