A standout pitcher for the Washington Senators during the 1910s, Joe Boehling had a splendid rookie season, 1913. Pitching during the dead ball era, he won 17 and lost just 7, with a very fine 2.14 earned run average for the second place Washington Senators, 90-64 record. His 17 wins were second best on the team, trailing only Hall of Fame fastball pitcher Walter Johnson who had a resounding 36-7 record.
Using a pitching assortment of curves, and at that time a legal spitball, Joe Boehling was 12-8 in 1914, with a 3.03 ERA in 24 starts, then 12-13 in 1915. In mid-1916 he was traded to Cleveland and pitched only until the end of 1917 due to injuries. He tried making a comeback in 1920, pitching 3 games, then hung up his MLB shoes.