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 2013 season.
In the 1906 World Series (ultimately won in six games by the Chicago White Sox), Reulbach 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 shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 26, 1908. No other pitcher has ever accomplished this feat in the major leagues.
In a 1976 Esquire magazine article, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Reulbach was the right-handed pitcher on Stein's Jewish team, though Reulbach was, in fact, Roman Catholic and is buried in Montclair, New Jersey's Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Cemetery.
He died in 1961 and was buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.
Reulbach played college baseball at the University of Notre Dame in 1903 and 1904.
By Dean Hanley
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