Dutch Leonard’s 0.96 ERA
In 1914 Boston Red Sox pitcher Dutch Leonard gave up only 24 earned runs in 224.2 innings He is one of only two pitchers in major league history that had an ERA under one. Tim Keefe also did it with a .857 way back in 1880. The closest pitcher to pose any threat was St. Louis Cardinals Bob Gibson who had a 1.12 ERA giving up 38 earned runs back in 1968. Here it is 2014 and we are clamoring over the 215 million dollar Clayton Kershaw who has the active single season ERA of 1.83. Just imagine how much Dutch Leonard would command for today.