This Pitching Amos Isn’t Too Famous
Hey baseball fans!
Many Hall of Famers are unknown to most baseball fans because they either played in a completely different time period or they didn’t play on a popular team. One of these types is Hall of Fame pitcher Amos Rusie, a pitcher from the 1890s to the early 1900s who, for a part of his career, played on a team that doesn’t even still exist today.
From 1889-1895, 1897-1898, and 1901 with the National League’s Giants, Reds, and Indianapolis Hoosiers (yes, like the college), Rusie used a blazing fastball that helped him lead the league in strikeouts five times during his career. The Hoosier Thunderbolt, in just ten seasons, won a staggering 246 games, an average of just over 24 wins a season! He topped the 30-win mark in four consecutive seasons and won 20 or more games in eight consecutive seasons. He led the NL in ERA twice, finishing his career with an ERA of 3.07. He even won the pitching triple crown in 1984, leading baseball in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Although he lost an average of 17 games a season, he still was elected into the Hall of Fame via the Veterans Committee in 1977.
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