The lanky Walsh spawned a rich tradition of pitching in Comiskey Park - for a team that last won the World Series in 1917, the Sox have had a great history of moundsmen, including Hall-of-Famers Red Faber, Ted Lyons and Hoyt Wilhelm; Cy Young winners Early Wynn and LaMarr Hoyt; ERA champs Doc White, Gary Peters, Frank Baumann, Thornton Lee, Billy Pierce and Joe Horlen; and great pitchers like Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, and Tommy John.
Walsh actually helped design pitcher-friendly Comiskey, and spent almost his entire 14-year career with the seldom-contending Chicago White Sox of the American League. In 1906, the Sox stunned the north-side Cubs - who had finished 166-36, 18 games ahead of the AL champion south-siders - in the World Series. Walsh was a key part of that team, and his Game 3 shutout gave his team a 2-1 Series lead. He also won Game 5, which gave his team a 3-2 lead. (The Sox closed it out in Game 7, with AL ERA champ Doc White beating Three Finger Brown, who had to pitch on just one day of rest.)
One of the first spitball pitchers, Walsh averaged 25 victories a season from 1907 to 1912. The strong right-hander twice hurled over 400 innings in a season, and led the AL in innings pitched 4 times. His 464 frames in 1908 set a post-1900 record as he won 40 games and tossed 12 shutouts. Twice he pitched and won two games in one day, including allowing only one run over both ends of a doubleheader against Boston on September 29, 1908.
His amazing 1.82 lifetime ERA is the best of all time.
Picture from National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.
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