Rusie, Amos

Amos Wilson Rusie
Born: May 30, 1871, Mooresville, Indiana
Died: December 6, 1942, Seattle, Washington
Played For: 
Indianapolis Hoosiers (1889), New York Giants (1890-1895, 1897-1898), Cincinnati Reds (1901)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1977

Amos Rusie used an overpowering fastball and hard-breaking curve to pitch successfully, both before and after the distance to home plate from the mound was increased from 50 feet to 60 feet, six inches. In just 10 big league seasons (the 10th lasting only three games), Rusie posted 248 victories, topping the 30-win mark on five straight occasions. The Hoosier Thunderbolt led the league in strikeouts five times and eclipsed the 300-strikeout mark three years in a row. The durable right-hander finished 393 of the 427 games that he started.

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Did You Know: 
that in 1900, Amos Rusie was traded from the Giants to the Reds for future Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson?
The Giants without Rusie would be like Hamlet without the Melancholy Dane.
O.P. Caylor, NY Herald