A durable hurler, Orth won 202 games without ever throwing a curve. Instead, The
Curveless Wonder changed speeds masterfully on his fastball. For the 1899 Phillies,
he led the National League
with a 2.49 ERA. His control was among the best; he walked
19 in 145 innings that season, and with the 1902 Senators allowed just 40 walks in
324 innings. He fell to 10-22 in 1903, and in 1904 was traded to the New York Highlanders.
There he picked up the spitball from Jack Chesbro
, and in 1906 he led the AL with
27 wins, 36 complete games, and 339 innings pitched. In 1907 he lost a league-high
21 games. A fine hitter, he ranks seventh all-time among pitchers with 389 career
hits. He sometimes played in the field and was used 78 times as a pinch hitter.