|Noodles Hahn||.0223 (6th)||46.1 (5th)||2029.1 (26th)||1899||1906||20-27||917 (77th)||2.55 (14th)||2.65 (13th)||132 (9th)||1.69 (5th)||4.07 (137th)||2.41 (27th)|
You have likely never heard of Noodles Hahn and you may never hear his name again. But that doesn’t diminish his credentials for this list.
Hahn rates very highly in bWAR both per inning and as a whole despite only playing through the age of 27. His strikeout total and rate are deceptively low given that he played amidst the dead ball era. He led the league in punchouts the first three years of his career in fact and was one of the best strikeout pitchers of his day. And if you think his career ERA is driven downwards because of when he played baseball consider that his 132 ERA+, which is adjusted by era and ballpark, is greater than the career mark of Sandy Koufax.
He is held back, however, by his lack of league-leading titles, and championships. Besides his three strikeout titles, Hahn never led the league more than once in any major category and never won a championship. It is hard to call him more accomplished than the pitchers to follow on this list while taking that into account, but Hahn holds his own at the number nine slot.