(first name unknown; fl.
1890) was an American professional baseball
player who, in his sole career game, achieved the worst WHIP
pitching statistic in the history of the short-lived Players' League
(PL) of the 19th century. The game in question occurred on July 12, 1890, when Lewis played with the Buffalo Bisons
. After asking the Bisons manager for a tryout and pitching three innings, his earned run average
(ERA) of 60.00 and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) rate of 6.667 became the highest in the history of the PL. Lewis's first name, date of birth, date of death, as well as batting and pitching stance were not recorded.
On July 11, 1890, the Bisons' record stood at 17 wins and 42 losses, a poor performance that was attributed to the team's weak pitching. The following day, the Bisons played against the Brooklyn Ward's Wonders
. Lewis, a "local boy" born in Brooklyn, New York, who stated he was a pitcher, asked Bisons player-manager Jack Rowe
for a tryout. Rowe agreed; Lewis was the starting pitcher for the game. In the three innings he pitched, Lewis allowed twenty earned runs
for an earned run average
(ERA) of 60.00 before he moved to left field
, where he played for the remainder of the game. The Bisons lost 28–16; the total of 44 runs set a record for most runs scored in an MLB game that stood until 1922. In the third inning Lewis allowed two home runs
to Lou Bierbauer
, only the second time a batter in a major league game had hit two home runs in a single inning
. Newspaper accounts described Lewis as a "failure", "unfortunate" and a "much disgusted ball tosser" by the time he moved to left field. (Full article...