Addie Joss

At the time of his death, Joss had the lowest ERA in the history of major league baseball at 1.89, as well as the lowest WHIP .093. One hundred and three years later his ERA is the 2nd lowest of all time and his WHIP is still the all time major league record. In his relatively short career, his accomplishments were numerous. He won 21 games or more 4 times. He pitched two no hitters including the 4th perfect game ever pitched and had multiple 1 hitters. He did not give up a home run during the 1904 season in 190 1/3 innings pitched. Despite pitching for many losing teams, his lifetime record is 160-97. Joss died at the age of 31 from tuberculous meningitis. He only had 9 years in the big leagues and did not qualify for the Hall of Fame because of Hall rules that dictate that a player has to have completed 10 years for eligibility. In 1977, sixty-six years after his death, a special resolution was passed to waive the typical ten-year minimum playing career for Hall of Fame eligibility to allow Joss to be considered for induction. The next year he was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

-Alan Bard

Addie Joss


August 9, 2011

Toledo, OH

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