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Friday, March 11, 2016

Babe Ruth pitching in 1916 allowed ZERO home runs in 323 innings. Davis and Herrera in 2014: zero HR.

Babe Ruth led the American League in 1916:
ERA 1.75
Starts 40
Shutouts 9
ERA+ 159
H9 6.4
HR9 0 (that's how I noticed)

After 1900 there were 45 seasons, all before 1920, with at least 200 innings and zero HR. Ruth had the fourth most innings. In 1916 there were 144 American League regular season homers; 239 NL HR.

Pitching for the Red Sox the Babe did, however, allow an inside the park home run in the first inning of game two of the 1916 World Series to center fielder Hi Meyers of the Brooklyn Dodgers in Braves Field in Boston before 47,373 fans. Ruth went all the way and won 2-1 in 14 innings, although he was 0 for 5 with an RBI ground out in the third. The home run to Meyers in his first WS inning pitching was the only homer Ruth allowed in 31 WS innings, which included 29.66 consecutive shutout innings, a record that stood until broken by Yankee Whitey Ford in 1961.

From 1901 to 2015, (requiring IP>=300 and HR=0), sorted by greatest Innings Pitched
Rk Player IP HR Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV H R ER BB SO ERA FIP ERA+ BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Walter Johnson 369.2 0 1916 28 WSH AL 48 38 36 3 10 25 20 .556 1 290 105 78 82 228 1.90 1.82 147 1410 9 0 9 undef undef undef
2 Jack Coombs 353.0 0 1910 27 PHA AL 45 38 35 13 6 31 9 .775 1 248 74 51 115 224 1.30 2.09 182 1353 7 0 10 undef undef undef
3 Ed Killian 331.2 0 1904 27 DET AL 40 34 32 4 6 15 20 .429 0 293 118 90 93 124 2.44 2.67 104 1341 17 1 6 undef undef undef
4 Babe Ruth 323.2 0 1916 21 BOS AL 44 40 23 9 3 23 12 .657 1 230 83 63 118 170 1.75 2.43 158 1272 8 1 3 undef undef undef
5 Vic Willis 322.0 0 1906 30 PIT NL 41 36 32 6 5 23 13 .639 1 295 84 62 76 124 1.73 2.35 153 1262 5 0 8 undef undef undef
6 Rube Vickers 317.0 0 1908 30 PHA AL 53 34 21 6 17 18 19 .486 1 264 114 78 71 156 2.21 1.89 114 1226 11 0 6 undef undef undef
7 Ed Killian 313.1 0 1905 28 DET AL 39 37 33 8 2 23 14 .622 0 263 108 79 102 110 2.27 2.92 120 1260 13 0 4 undef undef undef
8 Jake Weimer 304.2 0 1906 32 CIN NL 41 39 31 6 2 20 14 .588 1 263 105 75 99 141 2.22 2.55 123 1225 13 0 7 undef undef undef
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Generated 3/11/2016.

From 1920 to 2015, (requiring IP>=100 and HR=0), sorted by greatest Innings Pitched
Rk Player IP HR Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV H R ER BB SO ERA FIP ERA+ BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Allan Sothoron 178.1 0 1921 28 TOT AL 29 22 11 2 6 13 8 .619 0 194 89 77 71 72 3.89 3.62 112 782 8 0 5 undef undef undef
2 Slim Harriss 170.0 0 1926 28 TOT AL 33 28 8 1 4 9 15 .375 0 201 100 82 55 47 4.34 3.37 94 755 2 0 7 undef undef undef
3 Fritz Ostermueller 137.2 0 1935 27 BOS AL 22 19 10 0 3 7 8 .467 1 135 67 60 78 41 3.92 4.23 121 616 525 3 10 0 9 4 3 0 0 5 .257 .356
4 Joe Beggs 115.1 0 1943 32 CIN NL 39 4 4 2 26 7 6 .538 6 121 38 30 25 28 2.34 2.57 143 479 438 0 16 0 8 6 4 0 0 0 .276 .315
5 Jack Hallett 115.0 0 1946 31 PIT NL 35 9 3 1 12 5 7 .417 0 107 48 42 39 64 3.29 2.29 107 480 435 0 6 0 5 15 9 0 0 2 .246 .308
6 Dale Murray 111.1 0 1975 25 MON NL 63 0 0 0 40 15 8 .652 9 134 59 49 39 43 3.96 2.95 98 499 440 22 3 10 3 12 5 10 2 5 0 2 2 .305 .361 .368 .730 104
7 Sarge Connally 108.1 0 1926 27 CHW AL 31 8 5 0 17 6 5 .545 4 128 51 38 35 47 3.16 3.07 123 473 2 0 3 undef undef undef
8 Red Faber 106.0 0 1932 43 CHW AL 42 5 0 0 28 2 11 .154 5 123 61 44 38 26 3.74 3.63 115 472 428 1 9 0 11 5 7 0 0 1 .287 .347
9 Terry Forster 100.0 0 1972 20 CHW AL 62 0 0 0 45 6 5 .545 29 75 31 25 44 104 2.25 1.73 141 419 360 7 5 3 3 7 5 7 3 3 0 0 5 .208 .296 .256 .552 68
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Generated 3/11/2016.

Two relief pitchers in the 1970s Murray and Forster pitched at least 100 innings with zero HR.

1976-2015: 27 seasons with at least 50 innings and zero HR.

From 1976 to 2015, (requiring IP>=70 and HR=0), sorted by greatest Innings Pitched
Rk Player IP HR Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV H R ER BB SO ERA FIP ERA+ BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Greg Minton 91.1 0 1980 28 SFG NL 68 0 0 0 38 4 6 .400 19 81 28 25 34 42 2.46 2.95 144 377 333 7 2 6 0 8 1 8 8 6 1 1 7 .243 .313 .276 .589 71
2 Warren Brusstar 88.2 0 1978 26 PHI NL 58 0 0 0 17 6 3 .667 0 74 25 23 30 60 2.33 2.35 154 348 310 10 2 7 3 3 2 16 6 10 2 2 1 .239 .310 .284 .594 72
3 Greg Minton 84.1 0 1981 29 SFG NL 55 0 0 0 44 4 5 .444 21 84 28 27 36 29 2.88 3.19 119 359 313 10 0 8 0 6 2 13 10 2 0 2 2 .268 .342 .300 .642 89
4 Greg Minton 79.2 0 1979 27 SFG NL 46 0 0 0 18 4 3 .571 4 59 25 16 27 33 1.81 3.00 196 314 275 5 3 7 2 9 1 14 4 7 3 2 8 .215 .289 .255 .543 57
5 Tippy Martinez 78.0 0 1979 29 BAL AL 39 0 0 0 23 10 3 .769 3 59 29 25 31 61 2.88 2.40 140 318 281 9 2 4 1 2 3 6 2 5 0 0 6 .210 .288 .256 .544 50
6 Don Stanhouse 74.2 0 1978 27 BAL AL 56 0 0 0 47 6 9 .400 24 60 28 24 52 42 2.89 3.55 122 326 261 13 0 6 0 4 9 9 7 7 2 0 3 .230 .348 .280 .628 83
7 Peter Moylan 73.0 0 2009 30 ATL NL 87 0 0 0 6 6 2 .750 0 65 29 23 35 61 2.84 2.95 146 309 265 13 3 8 2 4 3 12 11 3 1 0 1 .245 .334 .317 .651 78 1164 704
8 Dave Rucker 73.0 0 1984 26 STL NL 50 0 0 0 15 2 3 .400 0 62 23 17 34 38 2.10 3.17 167 304 262 6 1 2 1 5 2 6 2 6 0 0 1 .237 .324 .267 .592 74
9 Heathcliff Slocumb 72.1 0 1994 28 PHI NL 52 0 0 0 16 5 1 .833 0 75 32 23 28 58 2.86 2.77 151 322 286 15 0 4 2 2 4 2 5 4 0 0 9 .262 .328 .315 .643 73
10 Wade Davis 72.0 0 2014 28 KCR AL 71 0 0 0 11 9 2 .818 3 38 8 8 23 109 1.00 1.19 396 279 252 3 2 0 3 0 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 .151 .229 .179 .408 17 1210 787
11 Doug Sisk 70.2 0 1986 28 NYM NL 41 0 0 0 15 4 2 .667 1 77 31 24 31 31 3.06 3.42 118 312 273 11 0 5 5 3 0 7 3 7 0 1 2 .282 .366 .322 .688 99
12 Kelvin Herrera 70.0 0 2014 24 KCR AL 70 0 0 0 12 4 3 .571 0 54 12 11 26 59 1.41 2.69 280 285 252 13 0 0 3 4 0 5 6 2 0 0 1 .214 .295 .266 .561 58 1125 721
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Generated 3/11/2016.

Davis and Herrera in 2014: >= 70 innings, zero HR.

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