Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1978
Addie Joss hurled only nine big league seasons before he was felled at age 31 by tubercular meningitis. Using an exaggerated pinwheel delivery, the right-hander won 20 or more games four seasons in a row for the Cleveland Blues and Naps, never experiencing a losing season during his entire career. Forty-five of his 160 career victories were shutouts, and he hurled a perfect game in 1908 and a second no-hitter in 1910.
that Addie Joss's no-hitter of Oct. 2, 1908, was a perfect-game victory over future Hall of Fame pitcher Ed Walsh?
Joss sort of hid the ball on you. One moment, you'd be squinting at a long graceful windup and the next instant, out of nowhere, the ball was hopping across the plate -- and a lot of us standing flat-footed with our bats glued to our shoulders!