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The Yankees who finished a season with an ERA of infinity

Four Yankees have pitched in a season without recording an out.

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In the day and age of specialist relievers and LOOGYs, recording no outs is something a little more common. Recording no outs over the course of an entire season and finishing with an ERA of infinity is still pretty rare. However, four Yankees have “accomplished” that feat.

Bob McGraw was making his third major league appearances when he got the start for the Yankees on April 26, 1918. He walked the first four batters he faced and Miller Huggins removed him from the game. All four runs came around to score and were charged to McGraw.

McGraw did not appear again for the Yankees in 1918. He made six appearances for them in 1919, before being traded to the Red Sox. The Yankees re-acquired McGraw in 1920, but later traded him to the Vernon Tigers of the Pacific Coast League. McGraw eventually made it back to the majors, and finished his career having played in 47 games across nine seasons.

Later in his career, Oscar Roettger became a position player for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Athletics. However, he came up as a pitcher with the Yankees. He played in five games in 1923, putting up an ERA over eight. On April 17, 1924, he was brought in to relieve Waite Hoyte in the seventh against the Red Sox. He walked two and allowed a hit and was removed from the game.

Roettger didn’t play in the majors for two years after that before reappearing with Brooklyn in 1927. After playing five games, he played the next four seasons in the minors before showing back up for the Athletics in 1932. After playing 26 games as a first baseman in Philadelphia, he didn’t play in the majors again.

Doc Medich finished third in Rookie of the Year voting for the Yankees in 1973, but he did appear in the majors before that season. On September 5, 1972, Medich got the start for the Yankees against the Orioles. He was given a five-run lead to work with before he even took the mound. However, he gave up two singles and two walks and was taken out of the game before recording an out.

Medich pitched well in 1973, and played two more years for the Yankees after that. He was later traded to the Pirates for a package that included Willie Randolph, so that worked out for the Yankees. Medich never pitched as well as he did in 1973, but he had a fairly decent 11-year career.

Bob Kammeyer put up a 5.82 ERA in 21.2 innings for the Yankees in 1978. He didn’t appear in a game in the 1979 season until September 18th. With the Yankees down 4-0 after three innings against the Indians, Kammeyer was brought in to start the fourth.

The first batter he faced hit a home run. The Indians then went double, single, single, home run, double, hit by pitch, single against Kammeyer. After allowing six runs without recording an out, Kammeyer was replaced. He was charged with two more runs after the other two he had left on scored. He finished with eight runs allowed in zero innings.

That would be Kammeyer’s final major league appearance. He played another season in Triple-A before his ending his career.


All data courtesy of the Baseball Reference Play Index