Read the excerpt below from: "The Bleacher Report" Nov. 9, 2009 by Jonathan Stilwell http://bleacherreport.com/articles/287142-the-best-pitchers-not-in-the-hof-who-got-overlooked ... 6) Babe Adams (1906-1926) —(194-140; 2.76 ERA; ERA+ 117; 2,995 IP/ 2,841 H/ 8.5 H/9; 1,036 K/ 4,30 BB/ 2.41 ratio; 1.092 WHIP)
Babe Adams had brief looks at the major leagues in ’06 with the St. Louis Cardinals and ’07 for the Pirates. But his rookie year really came in ’09 for Pirates at age 27. He broke in going 12—3 with an exceptional 1.11 ERA on a staff that included Vic Willis at the end of his career.
That year, facing Ty Cobb and the Tigers in the postseason, the Pirates manager went on a hunch and started Adams in game one of the series. He won three complete games including a shutout against the Tigers.
Babe went on to pitch the rest of his career for Pittsburgh. He was a 20 game winner in ’11 and ’13 but he didn’t get to pitch in the World Series again until ’25 at the age of 43.
After an off year in 1916 he was sent to the minor leagues to work out his problems. He went 35—17 in the minors. Incredibly, the Pirate management left him there until the end of the ‘18 season. (I can’t imagine that happening today—leaving the potential ace of your staff in the minors for 50-plus decisions after he had shown his form had returned?)
Adams was perhaps the most extreme control pitcher in the history of the game. His control record surpasses even Christy Mathewson, Greg Maddux, and Pedro Martinez at their peaks. In 1920, Adams gave up only 18 BB in 263 innings. For his career he gave up only 430 BB in 2,995 innings.
His WHIP of 1.09 is remarkable, as are his 44 shutouts. His 2.41 K/BB ratio is exceptional as well. Babe Adams was a great pitcher who was overlooked by the veteran’s committee.
Errors found on the above website: it mentions a failed Florida Land deal during the Great Depression. There was no Florida or other land deal. This was a 'fact' made up and reported first back in the 1950s. Not an error by SABR!
Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Adams The last paragraph says he managed in the minor leagues (not true) and was a foreign war correspondent (also not true) but otherwise is pretty accurate.