Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Ed Killian

Wikipedia

The Racine native, Deadball Era pitcher would have turned 136 today.

On this day in 1876 Edwin Henry Killian was born in Racine, Wisconsin. He made his major league debut as a Cleveland Nap (Indian) in 1903, but really came into his own after being traded to the Tigers in 1904.

Over Killian's first four seasons in Detroit he threw 313 or more innings three times, and had an ERA under 2.50 in all three of those seasons. In 1907 he posted a 1.78 ERA over 314 innings. Pitching 300 or more innings with an ERA under 2 has only been done 69 times in major league history, but seven different pitchers did it that year.

Here's another number to show the remarkable difference between 1900s baseball and now: Killian pitched 1598.1 innings over eight seasons and allowed just nine home runs. He allowed a single home run in 1903 and didn't give up another until 1907.

Chris Jensen, author of Baseball State by State, listed Killian as the best left handed, Wisconsin-born starting pitcher in major league history.

Killian's B-Ref page says he was also known as "Twilight Ed," and he would have turned 136 today.

Today is also the fifth anniversary of Ryan Braun winning the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year award. We covered that event in this space last year.

Latest News

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Brew Crew Ball

You must be a member of Brew Crew Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Brew Crew Ball. You should read them.

Join Brew Crew Ball

You must be a member of Brew Crew Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Brew Crew Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker