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No. 78: Greatest Dodgers of All-Time: Leon Cadore

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He once threw a 26-inning complete game

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Leon Cadore

Time with Dodgers: 1915-1923

Stats: 68-71, 3.11 ERA, 83 CG, 1,251 IP, 440 SO, 107 ERA+, 3.18 FIP, 1.238 WHIP

Baseball Reference WAR: 18.9

FanGraphs WAR: 15.2

Combined WAR: 17.05


Leon Cadore pitched for Brooklyn from 1915 through 1923. However, it took a while for his career to really get going. He appeared in 47 games through his first four seasons, but 37 of those came in 1917. Cadore pitched in eight games his first two years, and then only two in 1918.

1919 was when he began to eat innings. Over the next four seasons, Cadore would appear in 134 games while starting 108 of them.

His best stretch was from 1919 and 1920. He made 57 starts, throwing 32 complete games. Cadore’s earned run average was 2.50 after tossing more than 500 innings. He also owned an ERA+ of 124, a FIP of 2.78 and a WHIP of 1.15.

Over a 16-game stretch in 1919, Cadore had a 1.54 ERA. He threw 99 13 innings, holding opponents to an average of only .213. The following year in 1920, Cadore opened the season 4-2 through his first eight starts. In 83 13 innings, he owned an ERA of 1.08.

Now, this is when things get wild. Get ready. On May 1, Cadore threw a TWENTY SIX (26!!!) inning COMPLETE GAME. Yes. He pitched 26 innings in one game. The game was called due to darkness, so it ended in a tie. He allowed one run in 26 innings, facing 96 batters which is an MLB record that will never be broken. I had to double check when I saw this on baseball reference. What a legend. C’mon offense, at least give him the win!

Cadore struggled over the next two seasons. He’d appear in 64 games, going 21-29 with an earned run average of 4.25. He’d appear in eight games for Brooklyn in 1923 before being claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox.


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