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100 Greatest Phillies: 67 – Al Orth

Al Orth
Starting Pitcher
1895-1901

Career w/Phillies: 1504.2 IP / 100-72 / 3.49 ERA / 359 K

Al Orth was “The Curveless Wonder,” as he was believed never to have thrown a curveball in his career. He changed speeds on his fastball to get hitters out; moreover, he barely walked people: In his seven seasons, Orth walked just 314. He also didn’t strike out many; still, Orth was pretty successful, regularly among league leaders in shutouts and walks per nine.

Comment: The numbers don’t lie — Orth was a good pitcher. And he threw alot, averaging over 210 innings per season. Amazing how he threw almost nothing but fastballs and sustained a solid career. But those were the days, evidently.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Joe O'Phillie

    January 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Moyeresque without the slow curveball.

  2. ryan

    January 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Al Orth may be #67 on this list, but he’s #1 in my heart.

    I remember going down to the Baker Bowl in my horse and buggy to watch old Orthy throw against the Cincinatti Redstockings.

  3. Tim Malcolm

    January 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Oh you kids with your hilarity in response to these old Phils.

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