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Ferdinand Maurice Schupp

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 150 lb.

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Ferdie Schupp pitched ten seasons in the major leagues, mostly in the National League. His best seasons were 1916, when he went 9-3 with an ERA of 0.90, and 1917, when he went 21-7 with an ERA of 1.95. His obituary in the 1971 New York Times remembered him for setting a record "that still stands" for the best single-season ERA.

Much of his career was spent under manager John McGraw with the New York Giants, which usually finished first or second in the league when Schupp was with them. He appeared in the 1917 World Series, starting Game 2 but getting pulled quickly, and pitching a complete-game 5-0 victory in Game 4 four days later. He was matched up against Red Faber both times.

In 1919-21 he was a teammate of Rogers Hornsby on the St. Louis Cardinals, managed by Branch Rickey. Schupp went 16-13 in 1920.

Some of the most-similar players identified by the similarity scores method are unexpected: Herb Score, Dave Dravecky, Charlie Lea and Tom Phoebus.

He moved to L.A. in 1932, dying there many years later.

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