Photograph of baseball player Ed Reulbach of the Chicago Cubs team. Photo dates to 1906.
About the Player
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.
His best year was 1908, when he won 24 games for the National League and World Series champion Cubs, their last Series win as of the 2007 season.
His single most impressive performance came in the 1906 Series against the cross-town rival Chicago White Sox. In a Series ultimately won in 6 Games by the Pale Hose, Reulbach nonetheless shone in Game 2 at South Side Park, giving up only one hit, a seventh-inning single to George Rohe. This rare World Series low-hit game (there have only been 5 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.
He pitched two complete game shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 26, 1908. No other pitcher has ever accomplished this feat in the major leagues. Reulbach's performance still stands as an achievement that will never be forgotten.