100 Greatest Phillies: 78 – Tully Sparks

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, January 08, 2009 02:45 PM | Comments: 2
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Tully Sparks
Starting Pitcher
1897, 1903-1910

Career w/Phillies: 1697 IP / 95-79 / 2.43 ERA / 586 K

A 2.43 ERA might get you in the Hall of Fame, but Tully Sparks pitched in baseball’s earliest days, a time when hitting was as poor as the players themselves. Sparks began his career with the Phillies, before jumping around the league posting mediocre-to-poor numbers. He finally returned to Philadelphia in 1903, and ran off a nice set of seasons, capped by a 22-8 performance in 1907. Sparks won 15 games or more three times in his Phillie career, and reached the National League leaderboards a few times during that run.

Comment: Forgotten for sure, Sparks had a nice run in Philly, but overall was a little better than a mediocre pitcher.

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  • Posts: 0 IRONPIGPEN

    Nice work.

  • Posts: 0 Kenny

    How is he higher then Myers? You can not put ERA in account. It is like saying your the tallest midget. The hitting sucked during that time. Deadball era you should have an ERA like that. Besides that he had one good year and a couple of so so years. Myers should be in front of Sparks.

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