Chicago Cubs Baseball Team 1907
Individuals armed with a magic-baseball challenged opposing batters and rang up the lowest team earned run average in baseball history. Using an arsenal of fastballs, curves, changeups and legal spitballs the Cubs pitchers produced a team 1.73 ERA in 1907 After producing the best-ever win/loss record, 116-36, in 1906 with a miserly 1.75 earned run average (ERA) the Chicago Cubs pitching staff led the team to World Championship with a 1.73 ERA, the lowest team average in the History of Baseball in 1907.
In 1907 five of the Cubs pitchers finished in the top six in National League in ERA.
1907 National League ERA Leaders
Jack Pfiester , Cubs 1.15 ERA... Carl Lundgren, Cubs 1.17 ERA... Mordecia Three Finger Brown, Cubs 1.39 ERA... Sam Leever, Pirates 1.66 ERA... Orval Overall, Cubs 1.68 ERA... Ed Reulbach, Cubs 1.69 ERA
1907 Pitching W/L Records
Orval Overall, Cubs 23-7... Mordecia Brown, Cubs 20-6... Carl Lundgren, Cubs 18-7... Ed Reulbach, Cubs 17-4... Jack Pfiester, Cubs 14-9... Sam Leever, Pirates 14-9
The Cubs carried just eight pitchers during 1907 because starters generally completed games. The balance of Cubs pitching staff included Chick Fraser 8-5, 2.28 ERA in 22 games, Jack Taylor 7-5, 3.29 ERA in 18 games, and Blaine Kid Durbin 0-1, 5.40 ERA in 5 games.