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John Charles Lush

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 9½", Weight 165 lb.

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Johnny Lush broke into the majors as a position player, but gradually became more and more of a pitcher. In all, he appeared in 181 games as a pitcher, 72 as an outfielder, and 64 as a first baseman.

His best year with the bat was his first, when he hit .276 in a league that hit .249. At the time, he was the youngest player in the National League.

As a pitcher, he was average, with his best year probably 1906 when he went 18-15 for a team that finished under .500. Still one of the five youngest players in the league, his 18 wins were good for second on the Phillies behind Tully Sparks who had 19 (and who was 11 years older than Lush).

When he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1907, he was still only 21 years old.

Lush had attended Girard College, a high school in spite of its name and a place that produced quite a few major leaguers. He played for Williamsport in the minors in 1903, and again in 1905 played for Williamsport when he and the Phillies did not agree on a contract.

He threw a no-hitter in 1906.

After the major leagues, he played minor league baseball and then was in business in Hawaii.

One source: SABR biography of Johnny Lush.

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