List of Major League Baseball annual ERA leaders

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Ed Walsh's career earned run average (ERA) of 1.82 is the lowest in the history of Major League Baseball.[1]

In baseball, earned run average (ERA) is a statistic used to evaluate pitchers, calculated as the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched.[a] A pitcher is assessed an earned run for each run scored by a baserunner who reached base while batting against that pitcher, whether by hit, base on balls or "walk", or being hit by a pitched ball;[2] an earned run can be charged after the pitcher is relieved if he allows the runner before leaving the game.[3] Runs scored by players who reach base on errors, passed balls, or catcher interference under special circumstances are treated as unearned runs, and do not count towards the pitcher's ERA.[3]

Major League Baseball recognizes the player in each league[b] with the lowest earned run average each season.[c] The first ERA champion in the National League was George Bradley; in the National League's inaugural 1876 season, Bradley posted a 1.23 ERA for the St. Louis Brown Stockings, allowing 78 earned runs in 573 innings pitched.[4] The American League was established in 1901, and Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young led that league with a 1.62 ERA for the Boston Americans during the 1901 season.[5]

Over the course of his 17-year major league career, Lefty Grove led the American League in ERA nine times, with a career single-season low of 2.06 for the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics.[6] Roger Clemens has won the second-most ERA titles, capturing six in the American League and one in the National League.[7] Sandy Koufax led the National League in ERA for five consecutive seasons (1962–1966); Koufax' five awards are the most won consecutively by any player and are tied for the most awards by a player in the National League with Christy Mathewson and Clayton Kershaw.[8][9][10] In the American League, Walter Johnson also won five ERA titles,[11] and Pedro Martínez has won a total of five (four American League and one National League) with two different teams.[12]

The most recent ERA champions are Corey Kluber in the American League and Clayton Kershaw in the National League.

The lowest single-season ERA in league history was posted by Tim Keefe, whose 0.86 ERA in 105 innings pitched for the National League's Troy Trojans in 1880 led his closest competitor by .52 runs.[13] In the American League, Dutch Leonard's 0.96 ERA is a single-season record.[14] Keefe and Leonard are the only two pitchers ever to allow less than one run per nine innings pitched in a single season. The widest margin of victory for an ERA champion is 1.96 runs, achieved when Martínez' 1.74 ERA led Clemens' 3.70 in the American League during the 2000 season. The largest margin of victory in the National League is 1.26 runs—Dazzy Vance's 2.61 ERA over Carl Hubbell's 3.87 in 1930. The smallest margin of victory for an ERA champion is .009 runs. Although the statistic is traditionally recorded to two decimal places by most sources,[15][16][17] the 1988 American League title was decided by a margin of less than one hundredth of a run when Allan Anderson's ERA of 2.446 (55 earned runs in ​202 13 innings)[18] bested Teddy Higuera's 2.455 mark (62 earned runs in ​227 13 innings).[19] Other contests decided by one hundredth or less include Luis Tiant's 1.91 ERA ahead of Gaylord Perry's 1.92 in 1972[20][21] and Mark Fidrych (2.34) over Vida Blue (2.35) in 1976.[22][23]

Key[edit]

Year Links to the corresponding "year in baseball" or "Major League Baseball season" article
Leader Player with the lowest earned run average (ERA) in the league
Runner-up Player with the second-best ERA in the league
League Denoted only for players outside of the modern major leagues
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

National League[edit]

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Tommy Bond won the triple crown in 1877, leading the National League in wins, strikeouts, and ERA.[24]
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Christy Mathewson's career ERA of 2.13 is eighth on the all-time list; he led the National League in ERA five times during his career.
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Grover Cleveland Alexander won the National League ERA title four times with two different teams (the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs).
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Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown led the league in ERA in 1906 and finished second three times.
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Amos Rusie led the National League in ERA in 1894 and 1897, and finished second to Ted Breitenstein in 1893.
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Sandy Koufax' five consecutive seasons leading the National League in ERA is a Major League Baseball record.
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Jake Peavy's 2007 ERA of 2.54 led all National League pitchers.[25]
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Johan Santana won the ERA title in his first National League season after eight years with the Minnesota Twins.
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Chris Carpenter had the lowest ERA in the National League in 2009.
Clayton Kershaw is the first pitcher in history to lead MLB in ERA for 4 consecutive years (2011–2014).
Year Leader ERA Team Runner-up ERA Ref
1876 George Bradley 1.23 St. Louis Brown Stockings Jim Devlin 1.56 [26]
1877 Tommy Bond 2.11 Boston Red Caps Terry Larkin 2.14 [27]
1878 John Montgomery Ward 1.51 Providence Grays Jim McCormick 1.69 [28]
1879 Tommy Bond 1.96 Boston Red Caps Will White 1.99 [29]
1880 Tim Keefe 0.86 Troy Trojans George Bradley 1.38 [30]
1881 Stump Wiedman 1.80 Detroit Wolverines John Montgomery Ward 2.13 [31]
1882 Larry Corcoran 1.95 Chicago White Stockings Charles Radbourn 2.09 [32]
1883 Jim McCormick 1.84 Cleveland Blues Charles Radbourn 2.05 [33]
1884 Charles Radbourn 1.38 Providence Grays Charlie Sweeney 1.55 [34]
1885 Tim Keefe 1.58 New York Giants Mickey Welch 1.66 [35]
1886 Henry Boyle 1.76 St. Louis Maroons Charlie Ferguson 1.96 [36]
1887 Dan Casey 2.86 Philadelphia Phillies Pete Conway 2.90 [37]
1888 Tim Keefe 1.74 New York Giants Ben Sanders 1.90 [38]
1889 John Clarkson 2.73 Boston Beaneaters Jersey Bakley 2.96 [39]
1890 Billy Rhines 1.95 Cincinnati Reds Kid Nichols 2.23 [40]
1891 John Ewing 2.27 New York Giants Kid Nichols 2.39 [41]
1892 Cy Young 1.93 Cleveland Spiders Tim Keefe 2.36 [42]
1893 Ted Breitenstein 3.18 St. Louis Browns Amos Rusie 3.23 [43]
1894 Amos Rusie 2.78 New York Giants Jouett Meekin 3.70 [44]
1895 Al Maul 2.45 Washington Senators Pink Hawley 3.18 [45]
1896 Billy Rhines 2.45 Cincinnati Reds Kid Nichols 2.83 [46]
1897 Amos Rusie 2.54 New York Giants Kid Nichols 2.64 [47]
1898 Clark Griffith 1.88 Chicago Orphans Al Maul 2.10 [48]
1899 Vic Willis 2.50 Boston Beaneaters Cy Young 2.58 [49]
1900 Rube Waddell 2.37 Pittsburgh Pirates Ned Garvin 2.41 [50]
1901 Jesse Tannehill 2.18 Pittsburgh Pirates Deacon Phillippe 2.22 [51]
1902 Jack Taylor 1.33 Chicago Orphans Noodles Hahn 1.77 [52]
1903 Sam Leever 2.06 Pittsburgh Pirates Christy Mathewson 2.26 [53]
1904 Joe McGinnity 1.61 New York Giants Ned Garvin 1.68 [54]
1905 Christy Mathewson 1.28 New York Giants Ed Reulbach 1.42 [55]
1906 Mordecai Brown 1.04 Chicago Cubs Jack Pfiester 1.51 [56]
1907 Jack Pfiester 1.15 Chicago Cubs Carl Lundgren 1.17 [57]
1908 Christy Mathewson 1.43 New York Giants Mordecai Brown 1.47 [58]
1909 Christy Mathewson 1.14 New York Giants Mordecai Brown 1.31 [59]
1910 King Cole 1.80 Chicago Cubs Mordecai Brown 1.86 [60]
1911 Christy Mathewson 1.99 New York Giants Lew Richie 2.31 [61]
1912 Jeff Tesreau 1.96 New York Giants Christy Mathewson 2.12 [62]
1913 Christy Mathewson 2.06 New York Giants Babe Adams 2.15 [63]
1914 Bill Doak 1.72 St. Louis Cardinals Bill James 1.90 [64]
1915 Grover Cleveland Alexander 1.22 Philadelphia Phillies Fred Toney 1.58 [65]
1916 Grover Cleveland Alexander 1.55 Philadelphia Phillies Rube Marquard 1.58 [66]
1917 Fred Anderson 1.44 New York Giants Grover Cleveland Alexander 1.83 [67]
1918 Hippo Vaughn 1.74 Chicago Cubs Lefty Tyler 2.00 [68]
1919 Grover Cleveland Alexander 1.72 Chicago Cubs Hippo Vaughn 1.79 [69]
1920 Grover Cleveland Alexander 1.91 Chicago Cubs Babe Adams 2.16 [70]
1921 Bill Doak 2.59 St. Louis Cardinals Babe Adams 2.64 [71]
1922 Phil Douglas 2.63 St. Louis Cardinals Rosy Ryan 3.01 [72]
1923 Dolf Luque 1.93 Cincinnati Reds Eppa Rixey 2.80 [73]
1924 Dazzy Vance 2.16 Brooklyn Robins Hugh McQuillan 2.69 [74]
1925 Dolf Luque 2.63 Cincinnati Reds Eppa Rixey 2.88 [75]
1926 Ray Kremer 2.61 Pittsburgh Pirates Charlie Root 2.82 [76]
1927 Ray Kremer 2.47 Pittsburgh Pirates Grover Cleveland Alexander 2.52 [77]
1928 Dazzy Vance 2.09 Brooklyn Robins Sheriff Blake 2.47 [78]
1929 Bill Walker 3.09 New York Giants Burleigh Grimes 3.13 [79]
1930 Dazzy Vance 2.61 Brooklyn Robins Carl Hubbell 3.87 [80]
1931 Bill Walker 2.26 New York Giants Carl Hubbell 2.65 [81]
1932 Lon Warneke 2.37 Chicago Cubs Carl Hubbell 2.50 [82]
1933 Carl Hubbell 1.66 New York Giants Lon Warneke 2.00 [83]
1934 Carl Hubbell 2.30 New York Giants Dizzy Dean 2.66 [84]
1935 Cy Blanton 2.58 Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Swift 2.70 [85]
1936 Carl Hubbell 2.31 New York Giants Danny MacFayden 2.87 [86]
1937 Jim Turner 2.38 Boston Bees Cliff Melton 2.61 [87]
1938 Bill Lee 2.66 Chicago Cubs Charlie Root 2.86 [88]
1939 Bucky Walters 2.29 Cincinnati Reds Bob Bowman 2.60 [89]
1940 Bucky Walters 2.48 Cincinnati Reds Claude Passeau 2.50 [90]
1941 Elmer Riddle 2.24 Cincinnati Reds Whit Wyatt 2.34 [91]
1942 Mort Cooper 1.78 St. Louis Cardinals Johnny Beazley 2.13 [92]
1943 Max Lanier 1.90 St. Louis Cardinals Mort Cooper 2.30 [93]
1944 Ed Heusser 2.38 Cincinnati Reds Bucky Walters 2.40 [94]
1945 Ray Prim 2.40 Chicago Cubs Claude Passeau 2.46 [95]
1946 Howie Pollet 2.10 St. Louis Cardinals Johnny Sain 2.21 [96]
1947 Warren Spahn 2.33 Boston Braves Ewell Blackwell 2.47 [97]
1948 Harry Brecheen 2.24 St. Louis Cardinals Dutch Leonard 2.51 [98]
1949 Dave Koslo 2.50 New York Giants Jerry Staley 2.73 [99]
1950 Sal Maglie 2.71 New York Giants Ewell Blackwell 2.97 [100]
1951 Chet Nichols, Jr. 2.88 Boston Braves Sal Maglie 2.93 [101]
1952 Hoyt Wilhelm 2.43 New York Giants Warren Hacker 2.58 [102]
1953 Warren Spahn 2.10 Milwaukee Braves Robin Roberts 2.75 [103]
1954 Johnny Antonelli 2.30 New York Giants Lew Burdette 2.76 [104]
1955 Bob Friend 2.83 Pittsburgh Pirates Don Newcombe 3.20 [105]
1956 Lew Burdette 2.70 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn 2.78 [106]
1957 Johnny Podres 2.66 Brooklyn Dodgers Don Drysdale 2.69 [107]
1958 Stu Miller 2.47 San Francisco Giants Sam Jones 2.88 [108]
1959 Sam Jones 2.83 San Francisco Giants Stu Miller 2.84 [109]
1960 Mike McCormick 2.70 San Francisco Giants Ernie Broglio 2.74 [110]
1961 Warren Spahn 3.02 Milwaukee Braves Jim O'Toole 3.10 [111]
1962 Sandy Koufax 2.54 Los Angeles Dodgers Bob Shaw 2.80 [112]
1963 Sandy Koufax 1.88 Los Angeles Dodgers Dick Ellsworth 2.11 [113]
1964 Sandy Koufax 1.74 Los Angeles Dodgers Don Drysdale 2.18 [114]
1965 Sandy Koufax 2.04 Los Angeles Dodgers Juan Marichal 2.13 [115]
1966 Sandy Koufax 1.73 Los Angeles Dodgers Mike Cuellar 2.22 [116]
1967 Phil Niekro 1.87 Atlanta Braves Jim Bunning 2.29 [117]
1968 Bob Gibson 1.12 St. Louis Cardinals Bobby Bolin 1.99 [118]
1969 Juan Marichal 2.10 San Francisco Giants Steve Carlton 2.17 [119]
1970 Tom Seaver 2.82 New York Mets Wayne Simpson 3.02 [120]
1971 Tom Seaver 1.76 New York Mets Dave Roberts 2.10 [121]
1972 Steve Carlton 1.97 Philadelphia Phillies Gary Nolan 1.99 [122]
1973 Tom Seaver 2.08 New York Mets Don Sutton 2.42 [123]
1974 Buzz Capra 2.28 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro 2.38 [124]
1975 Randy Jones 2.24 San Diego Padres Andy Messersmith 2.29 [125]
1976 John Denny 2.52 St. Louis Cardinals Doug Rau 2.57 [126]
1977 John Candelaria 2.34 Pittsburgh Pirates Tom Seaver 2.58 [127]
1978 Craig Swan 2.43 New York Mets Steve Rogers 2.47 [128]
1979 J. R. Richard 2.71 Houston Astros Tom Hume 2.76 [129]
1980 Don Sutton 2.20 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Carlton 2.34 [130]
1981 Nolan Ryan 1.69 Houston Astros Bob Knepper 2.18 [131]
1982 Steve Rogers 2.40 Montreal Expos Joe Niekro 2.47[a] [132]
1983 Atlee Hammaker 2.25 San Francisco Giants John Denny 2.37 [133]
1984 Alejandro Peña 2.48 Los Angeles Dodgers Dwight Gooden 2.60 [134]
1985 Dwight Gooden 1.53 New York Mets John Tudor 1.93 [135]
1986 Mike Scott 2.22 Houston Astros Bob Ojeda 2.57 [136]
1987 Nolan Ryan 2.76 Houston Astros Mike Dunne 3.03 [137]
1988 Joe Magrane 2.18 St. Louis Cardinals David Cone 2.22 [138]
1989 Scott Garrelts 2.28 San Francisco Giants Orel Hershiser 2.31 [139]
1990 Danny Darwin 2.21 Houston Astros Zane Smith 2.55 [140]
1991 Dennis Martínez 2.39 Montreal Expos José Rijo 2.51 [141]
1992 Bill Swift 2.08 San Francisco Giants Bob Tewksbury 2.16 [142]
1993 Greg Maddux 2.36 Atlanta Braves José Rijo 2.48 [143]
1994 Greg Maddux 1.56 Atlanta Braves Bret Saberhagen 2.74 [144]
1995 Greg Maddux 1.63 Atlanta Braves Hideo Nomo 2.54 [145]
1996 Kevin Brown 1.89 Florida Marlins Greg Maddux 2.72 [146]
1997 Pedro Martínez 1.90 Montreal Expos Greg Maddux 2.20 [147]
1998 Greg Maddux 2.22 Atlanta Braves Kevin Brown 2.38 [148]
1999 Randy Johnson 2.48 Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Millwood 2.68 [149]
2000 Kevin Brown 2.58 Los Angeles Dodgers Randy Johnson 2.64 [150]
2001 Randy Johnson 2.49 Arizona Diamondbacks Curt Schilling 2.98 [151]
2002 Randy Johnson 2.32 Arizona Diamondbacks Greg Maddux 2.62 [152]
2003 Jason Schmidt 2.34 San Francisco Giants Kevin Brown 2.39 [153]
2004 Jake Peavy 2.27 San Diego Padres Randy Johnson 2.60 [154]
2005 Roger Clemens 1.87 Houston Astros Andy Pettitte 2.39 [155]
2006 Roy Oswalt 2.98 Houston Astros Chris Carpenter 3.09 [156]
2007 Jake Peavy 2.54 San Diego Padres Brandon Webb 3.01 [157]
2008 Johan Santana 2.53 New York Mets Tim Lincecum 2.62 [158]
2009 Chris Carpenter 2.24 St. Louis Cardinals Tim Lincecum 2.48 [159]
2010 Josh Johnson 2.30 Florida Marlins Adam Wainwright 2.42 [160]
2011 Clayton Kershaw 2.28 Los Angeles Dodgers Roy Halladay 2.35 [161]
2012 Clayton Kershaw 2.53 Los Angeles Dodgers R.A. Dickey 2.73 [162]
2013 Clayton Kershaw 1.83 Los Angeles Dodgers José Fernández 2.19 [163]
2014 Clayton Kershaw 1.77 Los Angeles Dodgers Johnny Cueto 2.25 [164]
2015 Zack Greinke 1.66 Los Angeles Dodgers Jake Arrieta 1.77 [165]
2016 Kyle Hendricks 2.13 Chicago Cubs Jon Lester 2.44 [166]
2017 Clayton Kershaw 2.31 Los Angeles Dodgers Max Scherzer 2.51 [167]

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American League[edit]

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Addie Joss led the American League in ERA in 1904 and 1908.
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In addition to leading the American League in ERA five times in his career and winning three triple crowns,[168] Walter Johnson was one of the five charter members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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"Smoky" Joe Wood won 15 games in 1915 when he won the ERA title; he is one of thirteen pitchers who have won 30 games in a single season since 1900.[169]
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Babe Ruth led the league in ERA in 1916; he began his Major League Baseball career as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox before converting to the outfield.[170]
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Roger Clemens' seven ERA championships are the second-most by any player in Major League Baseball history, behind Lefty Grove's nine.
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Pedro Martínez won five ERA titles across both leagues; his 2000 margin of victory over Clemens for the ERA title is the largest in Major League Baseball history.
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John Lackey's 3.01 ERA in 2007 led the American League.
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Cliff Lee won the Cy Young Award in 2008[171] in addition to the ERA title.
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Zack Greinke, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, became the second consecutive pitcher to win the Cy Young Award and lead the American League in ERA in the same season.[171]
Year Leader ERA Team Runner-up ERA Ref
1901 Cy Young 1.62 Boston Americans Nixey Callahan 2.42 [172]
1902 Ed Siever 1.91 Detroit Tigers Rube Waddell 2.05 [173]
1903 Earl Moore 1.74 Cleveland Naps Cy Young 2.08 [174]
1904 Addie Joss 1.59 Cleveland Naps Rube Waddell 1.62 [175]
1905 Rube Waddell 1.48 Philadelphia Athletics Doc White 1.76 [176]
1906 Doc White 1.52 Chicago White Sox Barney Pelty 1.59 [177]
1907 Ed Walsh 1.60 Chicago White Sox Ed Killian 1.78 [178]
1908 Addie Joss 1.16 Cleveland Naps Cy Young 1.26 [179]
1909 Harry Krause 1.39 Philadelphia Athletics Ed Walsh 1.41 [180]
1910 Ed Walsh 1.27 Chicago White Sox Jack Coombs 1.30 [181]
1911 Vean Gregg 1.80 Cleveland Naps Walter Johnson 1.90 [182]
1912 Walter Johnson 1.39 Washington Senators Joe Wood 1.91 [183]
1913 Walter Johnson 1.14 Washington Senators Eddie Cicotte 1.58 [184]
1914 Dutch Leonard 0.96 Boston Red Sox Rube Foster 1.70 [185]
1915 Joe Wood 1.49 Boston Red Sox Walter Johnson 1.55 [186]
1916 Babe Ruth 1.75 Boston Red Sox Eddie Cicotte 1.78 [187]
1917 Eddie Cicotte 1.53 Chicago White Sox Carl Mays 1.74 [188]
1918 Walter Johnson 1.27 Washington Senators Stan Coveleski 1.82 [189]
1919 Walter Johnson 1.49 Washington Senators Eddie Cicotte 1.82 [190]
1920 Bob Shawkey 2.45 New York Yankees Stan Coveleski 2.49 [191]
1921 Red Faber 2.48 Chicago White Sox George Mogridge 3.00 [192]
1922 Red Faber 2.81 Chicago White Sox Herman Pillette 2.85 [193]
1923 Stan Coveleski 2.76 Washington Senators Waite Hoyt 3.02 [194]
1924 Walter Johnson 2.72 Washington Senators Tom Zachary 2.75 [195]
1925 Stan Coveleski 2.84 Washington Senators Herb Pennock 2.96 [196]
1926 Lefty Grove 2.51 Philadelphia Athletics George Uhle 2.83 [197]
1927 Wilcy Moore 2.28 New York Yankees Waite Hoyt 2.63 [198]
1928 Garland Braxton 2.51 Washington Senators Herb Pennock 2.56 [199]
1929 Lefty Grove 2.81 Philadelphia Athletics Firpo Marberry 3.06 [200]
1930 Lefty Grove 2.54 Philadelphia Athletics Wes Ferrell 3.31 [201]
1931 Lefty Grove 2.06 Philadelphia Athletics Lefty Gomez 2.67 [202]
1932 Lefty Grove 2.84 Philadelphia Athletics Red Ruffing 3.09 [203]
1933 Mel Harder 2.95 Cleveland Indians Tommy Bridges 3.09 [204]
1934 Lefty Gomez 2.33 New York Yankees Mel Harder 2.61 [205]
1935 Lefty Grove 2.70 Boston Red Sox Ted Lyons 3.02 [206]
1936 Lefty Grove 2.81 Boston Red Sox Johnny Allen 3.44 [207]
1937 Lefty Gomez 2.33 New York Yankees Monty Stratton 2.40 [208]
1938 Lefty Grove 3.08 Boston Red Sox Red Ruffing 3.31 [209]
1939 Lefty Grove 2.54 Boston Red Sox Ted Lyons 2.76 [210]
1940 Bob Feller 2.61 Cleveland Indians Bobo Newsom 2.83 [211]
1941 Thornton Lee 2.37 Chicago White Sox Al Benton 2.97 [212]
1942 Ted Lyons 2.10 Chicago White Sox Tiny Bonham 2.27 [213]
1943 Spud Chandler 1.64 New York Yankees Tiny Bonham 2.27 [214]
1944 Dizzy Trout 2.12 Detroit Tigers Hal Newhouser 2.22 [215]
1945 Hal Newhouser 1.81 Detroit Tigers Al Benton 2.02 [216]
1946 Hal Newhouser 1.94 Detroit Tigers Spud Chandler 2.10 [217]
1947 Joe Haynes 2.42 Chicago White Sox Bob Feller 2.68 [218]
1948 Gene Bearden 2.43 Cleveland Indians Ray Scarborough 2.82[a] [219]
1949 Mike Garcia 2.36 Cleveland Indians Mel Parnell 2.77 [220]
1950 Early Wynn 3.20 Cleveland Indians Ned Garver 3.39 [221]
1951 Saul Rogovin 2.78 Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
Ed Lopat 2.91 [222]
1952 Allie Reynolds 2.06 New York Yankees Mike Garcia 2.37 [223]
1953 Ed Lopat 2.42 New York Yankees Billy Pierce 2.72 [224]
1954 Mike Garcia 2.64 Cleveland Indians Sandy Consuegra 2.69 [225]
1955 Billy Pierce 1.97 Chicago White Sox Whitey Ford 2.63 [226]
1956 Whitey Ford 2.47 New York Yankees Herb Score 2.53 [227]
1957 Bobby Shantz 2.45 New York Yankees Tom Sturdivant 2.54 [228]
1958 Whitey Ford 2.01 New York Yankees Billy Pierce 2.68 [229]
1959 Hoyt Wilhelm 2.19 Baltimore Orioles Camilo Pascual 2.64 [230]
1960 Frank Baumann 2.67 Chicago White Sox Jim Bunning 2.79 [231]
1961 Dick Donovan 2.40 Washington Senators Bill Stafford 2.68 [232]
1962 Hank Aguirre 2.21 Detroit Tigers Robin Roberts 2.78 [233]
1963 Gary Peters 2.33 Chicago White Sox Juan Pizarro 2.39 [234]
1964 Dean Chance 1.65 Los Angeles Angels Joe Horlen 1.88 [235]
1965 Sam McDowell 2.18 Cleveland Indians Eddie Fisher 2.40 [236]
1966 Gary Peters 1.98 Chicago White Sox Joe Horlen 2.43 [237]
1967 Joe Horlen 2.06 Chicago White Sox Gary Peters 2.28 [238]
1968 Luis Tiant 1.60 Cleveland Indians Sam McDowell 1.81 [239]
1969 Dick Bosman 2.19 Washington Senators Jim Palmer 2.34 [240]
1970 Diego Seguí 2.56 Oakland Athletics Jim Palmer 2.71 [241]
1971 Vida Blue 1.82 Oakland Athletics Wilbur Wood 1.91 [242]
1972 Luis Tiant 1.91 Boston Red Sox Gaylord Perry 1.92 [243]
1973 Jim Palmer 2.40 Baltimore Orioles Bert Blyleven 2.52 [244]
1974 Catfish Hunter 2.49 Oakland Athletics Gaylord Perry 2.51 [245]
1975 Jim Palmer 2.09 Baltimore Orioles Catfish Hunter 2.58 [246]
1976 Mark Fidrych 2.34 Detroit Tigers Vida Blue 2.35 [247]
1977 Frank Tanana 2.54 California Angels Bert Blyleven 2.72 [248]
1978 Ron Guidry 1.74 New York Yankees Jon Matlack 2.27 [249]
1979 Ron Guidry 2.78 New York Yankees Tommy John 2.96 [250]
1980 Rudy May 2.46 New York Yankees Mike Norris 2.53 [251]
1981 Sammy Stewart 2.32 [d] Baltimore Orioles Steve McCatty 2.33 [252]
1982 Rick Sutcliffe 2.96 Cleveland Indians Bob Stanley 3.10 [253]
1983 Rick Honeycutt 2.42 Texas Rangers Mike Boddicker 2.77 [254]
1984 Mike Boddicker 2.79 Baltimore Orioles Dave Stieb 2.83 [255]
1985 Dave Stieb 2.48 Toronto Blue Jays Charlie Leibrandt 2.69 [256]
1986 Roger Clemens 2.48 Boston Red Sox Teddy Higuera 2.79 [257]
1987 Jimmy Key 2.76 Toronto Blue Jays Frank Viola 2.90 [258]
1988 Allan Anderson 2.45[b] Minnesota Twins Teddy Higuera 2.45[c] [259]
1989 Bret Saberhagen 2.16 Kansas City Royals Chuck Finley 2.57 [260]
1990 Roger Clemens 1.93 Boston Red Sox Chuck Finley 2.40 [261]
1991 Roger Clemens 2.62 Boston Red Sox Tom Candiotti 2.65 [262]
1992 Roger Clemens 2.41 Boston Red Sox Kevin Appier 2.46 [263]
1993 Kevin Appier 2.56 Kansas City Royals Wilson Álvarez 2.95 [264]
1994 Steve Ontiveros 2.65 Oakland Athletics Roger Clemens 2.85 [265]
1995 Randy Johnson 2.48 Seattle Mariners Tim Wakefield 2.95 [266]
1996 Juan Guzmán 2.93 Toronto Blue Jays Pat Hentgen 3.22 [267]
1997 Roger Clemens 2.05 Toronto Blue Jays Randy Johnson 2.28 [268]
1998 Roger Clemens 2.65 Toronto Blue Jays Pedro Martínez 2.89 [269]
1999 Pedro Martínez 2.07 Boston Red Sox David Cone 3.44 [270]
2000 Pedro Martínez 1.74 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens 3.70 [271]
2001 Freddy García 3.05 Seattle Mariners Mike Mussina 3.15 [272]
2002 Pedro Martínez 2.26 Boston Red Sox Derek Lowe 2.58 [273]
2003 Pedro Martínez 2.22 Boston Red Sox Tim Hudson 2.70 [274]
2004 Johan Santana 2.61 Minnesota Twins Curt Schilling 3.26 [275]
2005 Kevin Millwood 2.86 Cleveland Indians Johan Santana 2.87 [276]
2006 Johan Santana 2.77 Minnesota Twins Roy Halladay 3.19 [277]
2007 John Lackey 3.01 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Fausto Carmona 3.06 [278]
2008 Cliff Lee 2.54 Cleveland Indians Roy Halladay 2.78 [279]
2009 Zack Greinke 2.16 Kansas City Royals Félix Hernández 2.49 [280]
2010 Félix Hernández 2.27 Seattle Mariners Clay Buchholz 2.33 [281]
2011 Justin Verlander 2.40 Detroit Tigers Jered Weaver 2.41 [282]
2012 David Price 2.56 Tampa Bay Rays Justin Verlander 2.64 [283]
2013 Aníbal Sánchez 2.57 Detroit Tigers Bartolo Colón 2.65 [284]
2014 Felix Hernandez 2.14 Seattle Mariners Chris Sale 2.17 [285]
2015 David Price 2.45 Detroit Tigers
Toronto Blue Jays
Dallas Keuchel 2.48 [286]
2016 Aaron Sanchez 3.00 Toronto Blue Jays Justin Verlander 3.04 [287]
2017 Corey Kluber 2.25 Cleveland Indians Chris Sale 2.90 [288]

Notes[edit]

  • a While Baseball-Reference.com lists both Scarborough and Hall of Famer Bob Lemon with an ERA of 2.82 in 1948, Scarborough's average is lower (2.817) than Lemon's (2.820) if extended to three decimal places.
  • b c While Baseball-Reference lists both Anderson and Higuera with an ERA of 2.45 in 1988, Anderson's average is lower (2.446) than Higuera's (2.455) if extended to three decimal places.
  • d Until 1981, the rules stated that the number of innings pitched should be rounded to the nearest whole inning. This explains why McCatty was, at the time, awarded the 1981 ERA title although his ERA appears to be slightly higher than that of Stewart.[289]

Other major leagues[edit]

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Eddie Plank (pictured) was the runner-up in ERA to Earl Moseley in the Federal League's last season of play.
Year Leader ERA Team League Runner-up ERA Ref
1882 Denny Driscoll 1.21 Pittsburgh Alleghenys American Association Guy Hecker 1.30 [290]
1883 Will White 2.09 Cincinnati Red Stockings American Association Tony Mullane 2.19 [291]
1884 Guy Hecker 1.80 Louisville Eclipse American Association Dave Foutz 2.18 [292]
1884 Jim McCormick 1.54 Cincinnati Outlaw Reds Union Association Billy Taylor 1.68 [293]
1885 Bob Caruthers 2.07 St. Louis Browns American Association Guy Hecker 2.18 [294]
1886 Dave Foutz 2.11 St. Louis Browns American Association Bob Caruthers 2.32 [295]
1887 Elmer Smith 2.94 Cincinnati Red Stockings American Association Matt Kilroy 3.07 [296]
1888 Silver King 1.63 St. Louis Browns American Association Ed Seward 2.01 [297]
1889 Jack Stivetts 2.25 St. Louis Browns American Association Jesse Duryea 2.56 [298]
1890 Scott Stratton 2.36 Louisville Colonels American Association Red Ehret 2.53 [299]
1890 Silver King 2.69 Chicago Pirates Players' League Harry Staley 3.23 [300]
1891 Ed Crane 2.45 Cincinnati Kelly's Killers American Association George Haddock 2.49 [301]
1914 Claude Hendrix 1.69 Chicago Chi-Feds Federal League Russ Ford 1.82 [302]
1915 Earl Moseley 1.91 Newark Pepper Federal League Eddie Plank 2.08 [303]

Footnotes[edit]

See also[edit]

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