A couple of seasons ago, Baltimore's Chris ("Crush") Davis filled in as an emergency pitcher in a long, extra-inning game, pitching 2 innings and not giving up a run. What non-pitcher has the best ERA with more than 5 innings for a career?
Thanks to SamtheBrand for the great chart showing how non-pitchers faired statistically on the mound. Some would doubt the inclusion of Babe Ruth to the list because most of his incredible pitching statistics were done when he was principally a pitcher for the Red Sox. Many of the other "non-pitchers" with substantial stats as pitchers played 100 years ago. But of those from the "modern" era of baseball, one name stands out -- Jimmy Foxx. The Hall of Fame 3B and Catcher offered to pitch when needed for the Phillies in his last season, 1945, when his hitting had gone sour because of declining eye sight. Still, the war was still going on, and the player pool was thin.
One biographer captured that year: