Tommy Bridges

Tommy BridgesBridges was a small man and he didn’t throw a hard fastball. He relied on an excellent breaking ball. Yet, he was one of the better strikeout pitchers in his era. The list below shows the starting pitchers with the most games with eight or more strikeouts, prior to World War II for the years we have data. Everyone on that list was bigger and stronger than Bridges. But the little righthander was a tough pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.

Most Games with 8+ Strikeouts, 1913-1945

Dazzy Vance … 88
Bob Feller … 69
Lefty Grove … 62
Walter Johnson … 55
Bobo Newsom … 54
Tommy Bridges … 42
Red Ruffing … 40
Johnny Vander Meer … 36
Lefty Gomez … 35
Dizzy Dean … 33