Cooperstown Chronicles – Amos Rusie

Jul 7, 2008


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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Amos Rusie, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1977.

The Numbers
Played 1889-1901 (10 Seasons)
462 Games
427 Starts (90th All-time)
3769.7 Innings (51st All-time)
245 Wins (49th All-time) - 174 Losses
.585 Wining Percentage
3.07 ERA (3.97 League Average)
129 Adjusted ERA
1.350 WHIP
1934 Strikeouts (71st All-time)
392 Complete Games (18th All-time)
30 Shutouts
5 Saves

Eight 20 Win Seasons
Four 30 Win Seasons
Five sub-3.00 ERA Seasons
Five 200 K Seasons
Two 300 K Seasons

Awards

1894 Pitching Triple Crown

Top Ten Finishes
Wins - 7 Times (Led league in 1894)
ERA - 6 Times (Led league in 1894 & 1897)
WHIP - 5 Times
Winning % - 4 Times
Strikeouts – 8 Times (Led league in 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894 & 1895)
Games – 6 Times (Led league in 1893)
Starts – 6 Times (Led leageu in 1893 & 1894)
Complete Games - 7 Times (Led league in 1891, 1893, 1894 & 1895)
Shutouts – 7 Times (Led league in 1902)
Saves – 3 Times
Adjusted ERA – 8 Times (Led league in 1908) 

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Pitching – 52 (23) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)
Gray Ink: Pitching – 179 (58) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)
HOF Standards: Pitching – 42.0 (61) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Pitching – 174.5 (30) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Amos was one of the games first power pitchers.  He won the Triple Crown in 1894 with 36 Wins, 195 Ks, and a 2.78 ERA.  He also had two seasons of over 300 Ks.  He averaged 501-1/3 Innings, 32 Wins, 274 Ks and a 2.79 ERA from 1890-1894.  He threw 300+ Innings eight times, 400+ five times, and 500+ three times.  He was a wild pitcher too though, leading the league in Walks for five straight years (all 200+ Walks).  In fact, he’s 7th on the all-time list in that stat.  The Hoosier Thunderbolt, as he was known, was the bad half in one of the games worst trades.  In 1901 he was traded to the Reds following a two-year contract dispute, for Christy Matthewson (He also sat out the 1896 season because of a contract dispute).  He only played three games with the Reds.  It’s kind of a shame that the Giants were rewarded in that manner.  He pitched over 3500 Innings in 8 years for them, winning 233 Games to  163 Losses (.588).  He made the HOF posthumously, but it was deserving nonetheless. 

References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen


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  1. 2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot | Fantasy Sports Blog
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:19 am #

    [...] Willie Randolph Pee Wee Reese* Allie Reynolds Jim Rice Phil Rizzuto* Brooks Robinson* Pete Ro$e Amos Rusie* Jimmy Ryan Ron Santo Curt Schilling Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager) Ted Simmons Enos Slaughter* [...]

  2. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    [...] Willie Randolph Pee Wee Reese* Allie Reynolds Jim Rice Phil Rizzuto* Brooks Robinson* Pete Ro$e Amos Rusie* Jimmy Ryan Ron Santo Curt Schilling Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager) Ted Simmons Enos Slaughter* [...]

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