Addie Joss

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Adrian Joss
(The Human Hairpin)

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1978

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Biographical Information[edit]

1903 E107 Breisch Williams

Addie Joss made his major league debut in 1902 and pitched his entire career with the Cleveland Naps (also known as the Bronchos during his rookie season and later called the Indians after his death). He won at least 20 games each season from 1905 to 1908. In 1908, Joss went 24-11 with a 1.16 ERA and on October 2nd of that year pitched a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox.

After all these years, Joss is still the pitcher with the best WHIP of all time (minimum 100 decisions); Clayton Kershaw has a chance of catching him as of 2019.

Small obituary for the ballplayer.

Joss later developed an elbow injury that caused him to miss the second half of the 1910 season. The next spring, he contracted meningitis and died at the age of 30. He was ill only a few days before dying.

Joss was elected to the Hall of Fame despite not meeting the requirement of ten years of service. He was elected after many years of campaigning by sportswriters Jerry Nason, Joe Reichler, and Fred Lieb.

Joss's New York Times obituary indicates that he started in semi-pro ball in 1898 and pitched for Toledo before coming to the majors.

In a strange coincidence, Lee Richmond pitched baseball's first perfect game in 1880, and one of the positions he held after his career ended was Mathematics Teacher at Scott High School in Toledo, OH; Addie Joss pitched baseball's fourth perfect game and his son, Norman Joss attended Scott High School where Lee Richmond was his teacher.

His first baseball card appearance was in the 1903 E107 Breisch Williams set.

"When you talk about pitchers in Cleveland, there will be three names that come to mind immediately: Cy Young, Bob Feller, and Addie Joss." - Lee Allen, Baseball Hall of Fame historian

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time AL ERA Leader (1904 & 1908)
  • AL Wins Leader (1907)
  • AL Shutouts Leader (1902)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 6 (1902, 1903 & 1905-1908)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 4 (1905-1908)
  • 25 Wins Seasons: 1 (1907)
  • 200 innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1902, 1903 & 1905-1908)
  • 300 innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1907 & 1908)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1978

Further Reading[edit]

  • Rich Blevins: Addie Joss on Baseball: Collected Newspaper Columns and World Series Reports, 1907-1909, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2012. ISBN 0786463562
  • Scott Longert: Addie Joss, King of the Pitchers, SABR, Cleveland, OH, 1998. ISBN 0910137749

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