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Ed Walsh | County Kildare

Full Name: Edward Augustine Walsh

Born: May 14, 1881 in Plains Township, PA

Irish Roots: Milltown, County Kildare

Family Name: Walsh

Surname Origins: Walsh is a common Irish surname, meaning “foreigner.” It is most common in County Mayo and County Kilkenny.

Accomplishments: 

  •  Lifetime 1.82 ERA (All-Time Leader)

Honors:

  •  National Baseball Hall of Fame (1946)
 
Bio: Edward Augustine Walsh was born on May 14, 1881 in Pennsylvania. His dad, Michael Walsh, was an Irish immigrant. His mom, Jane, was Welsh.

Walsh made his major league debut in 1904 with the Chicago White Sox. After some moderate success, Ed began tinkering with a spitball, which was, at that time, a legal pitch.Soon, “Big Ed” had mastered the spitball and he was on his way to legendary status. In 1908, he won 40 games with a 1.42 ERA. He retired in 1917 and he still holds the all-time best career ERA at 1.82.

After retiring from the game, Walsh started the “Corn Beef and Cabbage Eaters Society,”a group of former players, Irish and non-Irish, who met annually to eat corned beef and cabbage and share stories from their playing days.
 
Ed Walsh was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1946.