Edward Arthur (Big Ed) Walsh

1986, State Inductee
About This Inductee
  • Plains High School
  • Outstanding right-handed pitcher for Chicago White Sox 1904-1916
  • Pitched two victories in 1906 World Series, 1908 won 40 games
  • Pitched and won both games of double-header against Boston Sept. 29, 1908
  • Averaged 25 wins a season over six-year period for White Sox
  • Pitching 464 innings in 1908, setting a post-1900 record
  • Lifetime 1.82 ERA is also a record, finished career with Boston in 1917
  • 1946 elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Inducted into PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2002


Ed Walsh was an outstanding right-handed pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1904-1916. He won 40 games in 1908 and had two victories in the 1906 World Series. He pitched and won both games of a double-header against Boston on Sept. 29, 1908, allowing only one run. One of the early spitball pitchers, he averaged 25 wins a season over a six-year period for the White Sox and twice pitched over 400 innings in a season. His 464 innings in 1908 set a post-1900 record. His lifetime 1.82 ERA is also a record. He finished his major league career with Boston in 1917. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1946.