100 Greatest Phillies

100 Greatest Phillies: 72 – Jimmy Ring

Jimmy Ring
Starting Pitcher
1921-1925, 1928

Career w/Phillies: 1499 IP / 68-98 / 4.34 ERA / 553 K

Jimmy Ring might have had a 4.34 ERA, but at the start of the live-ball era, this ERA wasn’t so bad after all. In fact, Ring was better than a league-average pitcher through his entire Phillies career, only slipping up when he returned to Philadelphia for a one-year coffee break in 1928. Then he lost 17 games, and overall he lost a wealth of games for the Phils. But don’t be fooled – Ring played for some of the worst Phillies teams of all time. The Phils acquired him from Cincinnati, by dealing a young pitcher named Eppa Rixey to the Reds. Oops.

Comment: Ring is another of those better-than-average pitchers that are pretty scarce in Phillies history. Though he lost a lot of games, he was never too bad an arm. He’s just a product of a hitter-friendly era, and a player of a really, really bad baseball team.

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