- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut September 13, 1915
- Final Game September 19, 1925
- Born July 31, 1893 in Baltimore, MD USA
- Died October 20, 1972 in Baltimore, MD USA
Allen "Rubberarm" Russell pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues. He was sometimes a starter, with 112 major league starts, and sometimes a closer, with 154 Games Finished. Although "Saves" was not an official stat at the time, he twice led the league in saves.
Russell was born in Maryland in 1893, in the same month that Red Oldham was born in the state. The two would both go on to pitch in each major league, and they would appear in a World Series in the mid-1920's (Russell in 1924, Oldham in 1925).
Allen won 26 games in the minors in 1913, and then won 21 games in 1915. In between in 1914, he played for minor-league Baltimore and was a year older than teammate Babe Ruth. Russell had an off-year with a record of 11-16 while Ruth went 22-9.
Ruth came up to the Boston Red Sox for a number of years before going over to the New York Yankees. Russell did the opposite, spending 4 1/2 years with the Yanks before going over to the Red Sox for 3 1/2 years. The two were together for 1/2 season on the 1919 Red Sox. In his first season, 1915, he allowed 21 hits, walked 21 batters and struck out 21 batters. He is the only pitcher to ever have at least 20 hits, walks and strikeouts in a season with all being equal amounts.
Russell closed out his major league career with the Washington Senators, spending three years with them and appearing in the 1924 World Series, which the Senators won. He pitched 3 innings in Game 3. While with the Senators, Russell was six years younger than teammate Walter Johnson.
After his major league days he spent a couple of years in the minors.
Russell was one of the pitchers who was allowed to keep using the spitball after it was largely outlawed in major league baseball. An article in the New York Times from July 22, 1917 called him the young spitballer, so clearly he was identified with the pitch.
- 2-time AL Saves Leader (1919 & 1923)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1919)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1919)
- Won a World Series with the Washington Senators in 1924