Yde led the league in Shut-Outs in 1924, his rookie, when he posted a 2.83 ERA. Then, a precipitous drop in effectiveness led him to spending the entire 1928 season in the minors. A last shot at the majors in 1929 with the Tigers — 86.2 innings of 5.30 ERA ball — failed. He also pitched 280(!) minor league innings that year, and an additional 692 minor league innings from 1930-1933 before calling it quits for whatever reason at age 33.
Emil’s rookie-year success might be and early example of BABIP luck, as our FanGraphs stats show that he accumulated a .253 BABIP compared to a .290 league mark. He also stranded 72% of runners compared to a league average of 66.2%. (His subsequent minor league stats weren’t consistently horrible.)
There have always been one-year wonders, I suppose. So many have faded to obscurity. If I could blog about all of them I would. What happened to Emil Yde after he quit baseball? The Internets don’t seem to know, so neither do I.
But one thing is for certain…