Half-Baked Hall Profile: Jim McCormick

Jim McCormick 1856-1918
Jim McCormick

Pitcher
Indianapolis Blues 1878
Cleveland Blues 1879-1884
Cincinnati Outlaw Reds 1884
Providence Grays 1885
Chicago White Stockings 1885-1886
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 1887

Career WAR: 75.5

Best Season: 1883 43 G 28-12 1.84 ERA 170 ERA+ 3.01 FIP 1.114 WHIP 8.5 WAR

Quote: “McCormick was a burly, Scottish born pitcher” – every McCormick bio ever.

“I desire his services very much, however, for I think that, under the new [pitching] rules [allowing for unrestricted overhand throwing], he will be the best pitcher on the diamond. If he is released, it will only be for a good sum of money.” – Cap Anson

Known For: Interesting that he’s not really known. Probably the most chronically overlooked pitchers in history. He was a very good pitcher for a long time, and makes honorable mention on just about everybody’s list of best players not in baseball’s HOF. Maybe best known as a good friend of King Kelly and Cap Anson.

The Bad: Was among the players unloaded by Al Spalding when he was attempting to eliminate drinking and gambling from his club.

The Magic Number: He won at least 20 games in every professional season except his first (when he won 5 games in 14 appearances) and his last (in which he lost 23 on his way out).

Should Have Gone With McCormick: In 1880, Jim had a record of 45-28. The rest of the Cleveland Blues pitching staff was 2-7. Overall McCormick appeared in 348 0f the team total 549 games in the six-season history of the Cleveland Blues.

Voter Comments:

19th best pitcher of all-time according to JAWS. First nine years of his career his ERA was always above average, twice leading the league. He was a workhorse. In 1883, he pitched 342 innings and only allowed one homer. – Beau

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