Addie Joss was born on Monday, April 12, 1880, in Woodland, Wisconsin. Joss was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 26, 1902, with the Cleveland Blues. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Addie Joss baseball stats page.
"The legend of Addie Joss the ballplayer began when he was around 14; he supposedly knocked a brick loose from the side of his aunt and uncle's farmhouse with a baseball. The tall and gangly kid with an easy-going manner and a studious bent was all of a sudden more than that. He was a real thrower; he had made his mark, so to speak. He would make more." - Michael Coffey in 27 Men Out (2004)
Addie Joss Pitching Stats
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|1905 Cleveland Naps||n/a||$2,700.00||n/a||-|
|1906 Cleveland Naps||n/a||$3,200.00||n/a||-|
|1907 Cleveland Naps||n/a||$4,000.00||n/a||-|
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|1909 Cleveland Naps||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
|1910 Cleveland Naps||n/a||$5,500.00||n/a||-|
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Did you know that Addie Joss was named one of the
100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players
Top 100 Greatest Indians
and Joss was named one of the thirty-six pitchers. Joss shared how he was able to win in this amazing historical article:
Addie Joss: How I Win
Addie Joss did know "How To Win" (see article above) and led the American League in shutouts (5) his rookie season. The following year in WHIP (0.948). In 1904 he won an ERA Championship. From 1905 through 1908 he won at least twenty-games and led the league in wins in 1907 (27). He won his second ERA Championship and tossed a perfect game in 1908 then a no hitter in 1910. Baseball Almanac is honored to present these exclusive descriptions of those no-hitters researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), originally appearing in his book No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Addie Joss (No.1)', Page 55, 'Addie Joss (No.2)' Page 59):
The 1908 pennant race was one of the greatest in baseball history, with four teams in contention until the final five days. The Detroit Tigers led the Cleveland Naps by half a game and the Chicago White Sox by a game and one-half when the Sox came to Cleveland's League Park to start a two-game series on Friday, October 2 , before 10,598 fans.
Addie Joss, who had a great fast ball and curve and threw the ball off his right hip, hiding it from the batter until the last second, was Cleveland Manager Larry Lajoie's choice to pitch against Big Ed Walsh . Joss had won 23 games, including eight shutouts, and lost 11, but this record paled in comparison to Walsh's . Ed , a great workhorse, had appeared in 62 games, won 39, lost 15, and hurled 12 shutouts. These two greats produced one of baseball's memorable games, and considering the pressure, probably the greatest pitching duel of all time.
Ed Hahn started the game by nubbing one in front of the plate, Nap catcher Nig Clarke throwing him out on a fast play. Manager Fielder Jones popped to short and Frank Isbell flied to left. In the second, Joss tossed out Patsy Dougherty , George Davis flied to left and Freddy Parent grounded to shortstop George Perring , who threw high to first but George Stovall grabbed it for the out.
Ossee Schreckengost popped to the catcher to start the third. Lee Tannehill grounded to second. Walsh then bounced one through the box which Joss stabbed for and fell flat on his face. Lajoie saved a hit, however, by a great one-handed stop and throw.
The Naps did nothing, either, in the first two innings but Joe Birmingham led off the third with a sharp single to right on the first pitch. Walsh , who had a great balk move, picked him off first. Joe made no attempt to return but lit out for second. First baseman Frank Isbell's throw hit the runner, caromed into left field and Birmingham went all the way to third.
Walsh now bore down. He forced Perring to ground to short, while Birmingham held third, then fanned Joss on a called third strike after Addie had failed trying to bunt. Wilbur Good , who had struck out in the first and was to fan twice more in the game, came to bat. Walsh got two strikes on him, then uncorked a pitch which went past catcher Schreckengost to the stands and Birmingham scored the only run of the game. The play was scored as a wild pitch but Walsh always insisted it should have been a passed ball.
Joss, heartened by this break, continued to mow down the Sox. Lajoie , who threw out eight batters altogether, rushed in to make a nice play on Hahn's slow roller at the start of the fourth, then raced behind second to grab Jones ' hard grounder, and took Isbell's pop to end the inning. In the fifth, Dougherty fanned, Davis bounced to the mound and Joss made a great play on Parent's slow roller down the third base line.
Schreckengost and Tannehill hit routine grounders to Lajoie and Joss, and Walsh flied to right in the sixth. Hahn bunted back to the mound to open the seventh. Joss almost walked Jones but, with a 3-1 count, threw two called strikes past the Sox manager who protested on the final call. Isbell grounded to Lajoie .
Dougherty hit a wicked grounder to open the eighth, the ball taking a high hop just as Lajoie was set to field it. Larry threw up his hands and grabbed it. Davis popped to Lajoie , and Joss threw three straight balls before Parent high a high fly to left on a 3-1 pitch.
In the ninth, Doc White , the pitcher, batted for Al Shaw who replaced Schreckengost in the eighth when a spitball broke Ossee's finger. White grounded to Lajoie as the crowd cheered in relief. Jiggs Donahue , batting for Tannehill , fouled off two pitches and then fanned. John Anderson hit for Walsh and almost broke it up.
Anderson lined one to left, just foul, and then grounded one over third base. Bill Bradley made a nice backhand stop and fired to first. The throw was low and Stovall dug it out of the dirt, dropped it and picked it up just as Anderson reached the bag. Base Umpire Silk O'Loughlin waved him out, Anderson started to protest, then thought better of it as the crowd surged on the field trying to get to Joss.
Walsh had been magnificent, too. Big Ed had allowed just four singles, walked only one and fanned 15 batters in eight innings for a record. After the third inning, Walsh gave up a single to Lajoie with out out in the fourth, a walk to Perring with two gone in the fifth, and singles to Birmingham and Perring at the start of the eighth. He fanned Good in the first, third, sixth and eighth; Lajoie in the second and seventh; Clarke in the second, fifth and seventh; Joss in the third, fifth and eighth; Bradley and Bill Hinchman in the fourth, and Birmingham in the fifth.
Four days later, Detroit beat Chicago to win the flag. The Naps finished second, Chicago third. Joss finished with a 24-11 record.
Addie Joss (No-Hitter No. 2) (Box Score: 04-20-1910)
Adrian C. (Addie) Joss never again reached the heights he scaled in 1908 when he pitched his perfect no-hit game , for he began to fail physically the next season. In 1910, he had won one game, lost none for Cleveland when he faced the Chicago White Sox at South Side Park on Wednesday, April 20, before 7000 fans. Chicago manager Hugh Duffy picked veteran lefty Doc White to oppose the Naps' ace righthander.
Joss had no trouble in the first inning, throwing out Ed Hahn and Rollie Zeider , and striking out Chick Gandil . In the second after Cuke Barrows was retired, Freddy Parent topped a ball down third. Bill Bradley raced in, juggled the ball for an instant, let it fall to the ground and then threw to first too late to get the speedy Parent . This was the only chance which have been scored as a hit for Chicago and the official scorer so ruled, but then changed it to an error, with the press generally concurring.
White walked with two gone in the fourth but Hahn was an easy out. In the fifth, after Zeider and Gandil had gone out, Barrows grounded to short and Neal Ball's throw to first appeared to have pulled Larry Lajoie , playing first base, off the bag. Umpire Silk O'Loughlin, however, called Barrows out.
Parent led off the fifth by drawing Joss' second and final walk, took second on Purtell's sacrifice and third when Lena Blackburne slashed a hot one which Joss speared and threw to first. Fred Payne ended the inning with a pop to short.
Not another Chicagoan reached base. Joss set the Sox down without incident in the sixth and seventh. Purtell led off the eighth with a pop foul which catcher Nig Clarke grabbed, almost crashing into the stands behind third. Blackburne and Payne were easy outs.
Now Joss had only three more men to get, as the Naps had scored the game's only run in the sixth. White , a good hitting pitcher, was the first batter and he tapped an easy bounder to mound. Hahn also hit one back to Joss.
Zeider was Chicago's last hope and Joss pitched carefully. Rollie grounded one down third and set sailed for first at top speed. Bradley fielded the ball cleanly and made a perfect throw to end the game. Zeider , in his desperate effort to beat the throw, wrenched his ankle as he stepped on the bag and limped from the field.
The Naps had been able to garner only six hits off White , who helped himself out of trouble by picking two men off base. In only two innings did the Naps go down in order, but White was superb in the clutch.
In the sixth, Cleveland broke through for a run. With one out, Art Kruger singled to center, Bradley popped to short, but Terry Turner followed with a long drive to left center. Both center fielder Parent and left fielder Barrows gave chase and, as the ball was falling, Barrows lunged, got his hands on it but could not hold it. Art Kruger , running with two out, scored on the two-bagger.
The game produced three fielding marks which have never been equaled in a no-hitter: Joss handled 10 assists, Lajoie 19 putouts, and the Naps had a total of 21 assists.
This was Joss' last outstanding game. He injured his arm in Philadelphia, did not see action from July 25 on and finished the season with a 5-5 record.
Addie Joss | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1978 ( HOF )
The only Major League pitcher (non-Negro Leagues) in the National Baseball Hall of Fame whose career lasted fewer than ten years is Addie Joss. Joss attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, class of 1898 ( Pink Hawley , class of 1891, was their first and only other Major Leaguer) and appears in this incredibly rare photograph below during his High School years:
Photo From The Wayland Story (Alton Wichman, Centennial Publication, 1954, Page 63)