Posted by Neil Paine on May 16, 2011
B-R reader Nash noticed something interesting about Mordecai Brown's black ink this weekend:
"Everyone talks about unbreakable records (DiMaggio's 56, Cy Young's 511, etc.), and I know that this is in the context of the 'dead ball' era, so I don't know how relevant this is -- but in 1910, Mordecai Brown led the league in CG, SHO, and ... SAVES.
Don't think that anyone will pull THAT off again anytime soon!"
Keep in mind that the save policy we're using for pre-1950 seasons is the so-called "encyclopedia rule" (a pitcher who finished a game his team won, but did not get the win himself, is awarded a save). Still, Brown is just one of four pitchers since 1901 to lead his league in complete games, shutouts, and saves in the same season:
Like Nash says, this is one club that's unlikely to expand beyond its four current members anytime soon.