Ed Reulbach

Edward Marvin "Big Ed" Reulbach (December 1, 1882 July 17, 1961) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs during their glory years of the early 1900s.

Ed Reulbach
Born: (1882-12-01)December 1, 1882
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died: July 17, 1961(1961-07-17) (aged 78)
Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 16, 1905, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
July 13, 1917, for the Boston Braves
MLB statistics
Win–loss record182–106
Earned run average2.28
Career highlights and awards


Reulbach played college baseball at the University of Notre Dame in 1903 and 1904. He played for the University of Vermont in 1905, accumulating a 4-0 record before signing a contract with the Chicago Cubs in May.

In the 1906 World Series (ultimately won in six games by the Chicago White Sox), Reulbach shone in Game 2 at South Side Park, giving up only one hit, a seventh-inning single to Jiggs Donahue. This rare World Series low-hit game (there have only been five in the 100-plus years of the Series) was matched by fellow Cubs star Claude Passeau in 1945 when he threw just the second one-hitter in Series history, surpassed by Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

Reulbach's best year was 1908, when he won 24 games for the National League and World Series champion Cubs, their last Series championship until they won it again in 2016. He pitched two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 26, 1908. No other pitcher has ever accomplished this feat in the major leagues.

In a 1976 Esquire magazine article, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter", consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Reulbach was the right-handed pitcher on Stein's Jewish team, though Reulbach was, in fact, Roman Catholic and is buried in Montclair, New Jersey's Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Cemetery.

He died in 1961 on the same day (July 17) as Ty Cobb and was buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.[1] Reulbach was the last surviving Chicago Cub to have played in the 1907 and 1908 World Series, their most recent world championship until 2016.

See also


  1. "Sometimes the Grave Is a Fine and Public Place". The New York Times. March 28, 2004. Some New Jersey cemeteries almost seem to specialize. At Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Upper Montclair are the graves of four star athletes. Angelo Bertelli, the Notre Dame quarterback who won the 1943 Heisman Trophy, is there. So is Mule Haas, who played outfield in three consecutive World Series for the Philadelphia Athletics. Big Ed Reulbach, who pitched in the Chicago Cubs' last World Series victory in 1908, is there, too, as is Bob Hooper, who pitched for three major league teams in the 1950s.
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