The following is a list of annual leaders in saves in Major League Baseball (MLB), with separate lists for the American League and the National League. The list includes several professional leagues and associations that were never part of MLB.
In baseball, a save is credited to a pitcher who finishes a game for the winning team under prescribed circumstances. Most commonly a relief pitcher ("reliever") earns a save by entering in the ninth inning of a game in which his team is winning by three or fewer runs and finishing the game by pitching one inning without losing the lead. The statistic was created by Jerome Holtzman in 1959 to "measure the effectiveness of relief pitchers" and was adopted as an MLB official statistic in 1969. The save has been retroactively measured for pitchers before that date.
MLB recognizes the player or players in each league[a] with the most saves each season. In retrospect, the five saves by Jack Manning meant he led the National League in its inaugural year, while Bill Hoffer was the American League's first saves champion with three. Mordecai Brown was the first pitcher to record at least 10 saves in a season. Dan Quisenberry, Bruce Sutter, Firpo Marberry, and Ed Walsh are the only pitchers to lead the league in saves five times (though Marberry and Walsh did so before 1969). Sutter is also tied with Harry Wright, Dan Quisenberry and Craig Kimbrel for the most consecutive seasons leading the league in saves with four.
William Daley (June 27, 1868 – May 4, 1922) was a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1889 to 1891. He played for the Boston Reds and Boston Beaneaters.
Daley started his professional baseball career with the Jersey City Skeeters in 1887. In 1890 – his only full season in the majors – he led the Players' League in winning percentage with a record of 18–7.Bob Gilks
Robert James Gilks (July 2, 1864 in Cincinnati – August 21, 1944 in Brunswick, Georgia), was a Major League Baseball pitcher and outfielder from 1887 to 1893. He played for the Cleveland Blues, Cleveland Spiders, and Baltimore Orioles.Bryan Harvey
Bryan Stanley Harvey (born June 2, 1963) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1987 to 1995 for the California Angels of the American League and the Florida Marlins of the National League.Charlie Ferguson (1880s pitcher)
Charles J. "Charlie" Ferguson (April 17, 1863 – April 29, 1888) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire four-year career for the Philadelphia Quakers (who were later renamed the Phillies). When not pitching, he increasingly played in the outfield and – in his final season – at second base.Cinders O'Brien
John F. "Cinders" O'Brien AKA: Darby O'Brien (April 15, 1867 – March 11, 1892) was a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1888 to 1891. He played with the Cleveland Infants, Cleveland Spiders, and Boston Reds. He had a 3.68 ERA at the end of his career.O'Brien died in his hometown of Troy, New York at the age of 24 of pneumonia, and is interred at St. Patrick Cemetery in Watervliet, New York.Claude Jonnard
Claude Alfred Jonnard (November 23, 1897 – August 27, 1959) was a professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of six seasons (1921–1924, 1926, 1929) with the New York Giants, St. Louis Browns and Chicago Cubs. For his career, he compiled a 14–12 record in 137 appearances, most as a relief pitcher, with a 3.79 earned run average and 160 strikeouts. Jonnard was a member of the Giants National League pennant-winning teams in 1923 and 1924, losing both World Series (to the New York Yankees and Washington Senators, respectively). In World Series play, he made three relief appearances, giving up no runs.
Jonnard was born and later died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 61. His twin brother, Bubber Jonnard, was a Major League catcher and coach.Clint Brown (baseball)
Clinton Harold Brown (July 8, 1903 – December 31, 1955) was a professional baseball player.
He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of fifteen seasons (1928–1942) with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. For his career, he compiled an 89–93 record in 434 appearances, mostly as a relief pitcher, with a 4.26 earned run average and 410 strikeouts.
In 1939, Brown finished 11th in the voting for American League Most Valuable Player.Ed Morris (1880s pitcher)
Edward Morris (September 29, 1862 – April 12, 1937), nicknamed Cannonball, was a 19th-century Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the Columbus Buckeyes (1884), Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1885–1889), and Pittsburgh Burghers (1890). He has been described as the first great lefthanded pitcher in major league baseball.Garland Braxton
Edgar Garland Braxton (June 10, 1900 – February 25, 1966) was an American professional baseball player. He was a pitcher over parts of 10 seasons (1921–1933) with the Boston Braves, New York Yankees, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns. He led the American League in ERA in 1928 while playing for Washington. For his career, he compiled a 50–53 record in 282 appearances, with a 4.13 ERA and 412 strikeouts.George Hemming
George Hemming (December 15, 1868 – June 3, 1930), also known as Old Wax Figger, was a pitcher in Major League baseball in the late 19th century. His first season was with the Cleveland Infants, most likely because his hometown, Carrollton was nearby. However, his career soon left Cleveland and went to teams such as the Brooklyn Grooms, Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Colonels and Baltimore Orioles. His best performance was with the 1895 Orioles, when he posted career highs in wins (20) and E.R.A. (4.05)George Mogridge
George Anthony Mogridge (February 18, 1889 – March 4, 1962) was an American baseball player.Herb Goodall
Herbert Frank Goodall (March 10, 1870 – January 20, 1938) was a professional baseball player who played as pitcher in the Major Leagues in 1890. He played for the Louisville Colonels.Hi Bell
Herman S. "Hi" Bell (July 16, 1897 – June 7, 1949) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants. For his career, he compiled a 32–34 record in 221 appearances, most as a relief pitcher, with a 3.69 earned run average and 191 strikeouts. Bell was a member of three National League pennant winners (1926, 1930 & 1933), winning two World Series with the 1926 Cardinals and the 1933 Giants. In World Series play, he recorded no decisions in three appearances, with a 4.50 earned run average and 1 strikeout. On July 19, 1924, Bell became the last pitcher in Major League history to start and win both ends of a double header.Jim Shaw (baseball)
James Aloysius Shaw (August 19, 1893 – January 27, 1962), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a pitcher for the Washington Senators (1913–1921).Johnny Morrison (baseball)
John Dewey "Jughandle Johnny" Morrison (October 22, 1895 – March 20, 1966) was a professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of ten seasons (1920–1927, 1929–1930) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Robins. For his career, he compiled a 103–80 record in 297 appearances, with a 3.65 earned run average and 546 strikeouts. May was a member of the 1925 World Series champion Pirates, pitching three times during their seven-game defeat of the Washington Senators. In World Series play, he recorded no decisions in 3 appearances, with a 2.89 earned run average and 7 strikeouts.
Morrison was born in Pellville, Kentucky, and later died in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 70, and was buried at Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery. His son, Dwane Morrison, was a college basketball coach, most notably at Georgia Tech.Mike Tiernan
Michael Joseph Tiernan (January 21, 1867 – November 7, 1918), nicknamed "Silent Mike", was an American professional baseball right fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) exclusively for the New York Giants from 1887 to 1899. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, his debut game was on April 30, 1887. His final game was played on July 31, 1899. Tiernan led the National League in home runs in 1890 and 1891, and compiled a .311 lifetime batting average. He is the Giants' all-time franchise leader in triples and stolen bases. One of the great home run hitters of the 19th century, he hit 106 of them, which ties him with Hall of Famer Dan Brouthers for fourth most among 19th century ball players.Phil Collins (baseball)
Philip Eugene Collins (August 27, 1901 – August 14, 1948) was a professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of eight seasons (1923, 1929–1935) with the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. For his career, he compiled an 80–85 record in 292 appearances, most as a relief pitcher, with a 4.66 earned run average and 423 strikeouts.
Collins was born and later died in Chicago at the age of 46.Red Ames
Leon Kessling "Red" Ames (August 2, 1882 – October 8, 1936) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies.Sam Leever
Samuel Leever (December 23, 1871 – May 19, 1953), nicknamed "The Goshen Schoolmaster", was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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