Amos Rusie Stats

Amos Rusie was born on Tuesday, May 30, 1871, in Mooresville, Indiana. Rusie was 17 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 9, 1889, with the Indianapolis Hoosiers. 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 Amos Rusie baseball stats page.

"Words fail to describe the speed with which (Amos) Rusie sent the ball... It was like a white streak tearing past you." - Jimmy Ryan in Amos Rusie: The Pitcher Who Changed the Game, from Deep Right Field (Paul Gillespie, 09/11/2012, Source )
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Birth Name:
Amos Wilson Rusie
Nickname:
The Hoosier Thunderbolt
Born On:
05-30-1871  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Mooresville, Indiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-06-1942 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Seattle, Washington
Cemetery:
Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, Washington Click For Grave Photo
High School:
None Attended (Dropped Out At Age 15)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
05-09-1889 (Age 17)
Last Game:
06-09-1901
Draft:
Not Applicable
Amos Rusie

Amos Rusie Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1889 18 Hoosiers 33 22 11 12 10 .545 5.32 19 1 0 225.0 953 246 133 181 12 116 - 109 9 9 0 -
1890 19 Giants 67 63 5 29 34 .460 2.56 56 4 1 548.2 0 436 156 300 3 289 - 341 36 0 0 -
1891 20 Giants 61 57 4 33 20 .623 2.55 52 6 1 500.1 0 391 142 244 7 262 - 337 17 0 1 -
1892 21 Giants 64 61 3 31 31 .500 2.88 58 2 0 532.0 0 405 170 288 7 267 - 288 24 0 0 -
1893 22 Giants 56 52 4 33 21 .611 3.23 50 4 1 482.0 0 451 173 260 15 218 - 208 26 0 0 -
1894 23 Giants 54 50 4 36 13 .735 2.78 45 3 1 444.0 0 426 137 228 10 200 - 195 10 0 0 -
1895 24 Giants 49 47 2 23 23 .500 3.73 42 4 0 393.1 0 384 163 248 9 159 - 201 10 0 0 -
1897 26 Giants 38 37 1 28 10 .737 2.54 35 2 0 322.1 0 314 91 143 6 87 - 135 6 11 0 -
1898 27 Giants 37 36 1 20 11 .645 3.03 33 4 1 300.0 0 288 101 149 6 103 - 114 13 9 0 -
1901 30 Reds 3 2 0 0 1 .000 8.59 2 0 0 22.0 107 43 21 25 1 3 - 6 2 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
10 Years 462 427 35 245 174 .585 3.07 392 30 5 3,769.2 1,060 3,384 1,287 2,066 76 1,704 - 1,934 153 29 1 -
Amos Rusie

Amos Rusie Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1889 18 Hoosiers 33 103 15 18 3 1 0 0 4 2 - 19 - - 1 - .175 .198 .223
1890 19 Giants 73 284 31 79 13 6 0 0 28 7 - 26 - - 1 - .278 .298 .366
1891 20 Giants 62 220 30 54 5 2 0 0 15 3 - 25 - - 0 - .245 .256 .286
1892 21 Giants 70 256 19 54 7 4 1 0 26 3 - 29 - - 0 - .211 .220 .281
1893 22 Giants 56 212 32 57 3 4 3 0 27 3 - 19 - - 1 - .269 .282 .363
1894 23 Giants 56 186 20 52 5 4 3 0 26 5 - 24 2 - 1 - .280 .302 .398
1895 24 Giants 53 179 14 44 3 1 1 0 19 0 - 28 0 - 0 - .246 .246 .291
1897 26 Giants 40 144 25 40 1 3 0 0 22 3 - - 0 - 1 - .278 .297 .326
1898 27 Giants 41 138 23 29 2 4 0 0 8 1 - - 0 - 0 - .210 .216 .283
1901 30 Reds 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 - - 0 - 1 - .125 .222 .125
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
10 Years 487 1,730 209 428 42 29 8 0 176 27 - 170 2 - 6 - .247 .261 .319
Amos Rusie

Amos Rusie Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1889 Hoosiers P 33 22 675 46 1.4 40 8 32 6 2 n/a n/a n/a .870 1.60
1890 Giants OF 14 - - 19 1.4 16 14 2 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .842 0.00
1890 Giants P 67 63 1,646 174 2.6 154 25 129 20 5 n/a n/a n/a .885 2.53
1891 Giants LF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1891 Giants P 61 57 1,501 130 2.1 116 10 106 14 4 n/a n/a n/a .892 2.09
1892 Giants P 65 61 1,596 187 2.9 165 27 138 22 5 n/a n/a n/a .882 2.79
1892 Giants RF 4 - - 5 1.3 4 3 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 0.00
1893 Giants P 56 52 1,446 152 2.7 137 23 114 15 5 n/a n/a n/a .901 2.56
1894 Giants P 54 50 1,332 155 2.9 141 28 113 14 4 n/a n/a n/a .910 2.86
1895 Giants CF 1 - - 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1895 Giants P 49 47 1,180 123 2.5 112 19 93 11 4 n/a n/a n/a .911 2.56
1897 Giants P 38 37 967 104 2.7 96 19 77 8 3 n/a n/a n/a .923 2.68
1898 Giants 1B 1 - - 5 5.0 4 4 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 0.00
1898 Giants P 37 36 900 95 2.6 84 16 68 11 3 n/a n/a n/a .884 2.52
1898 Giants RF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1901 Reds P 3 2 66 10 3.3 9 1 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 3.68
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 463 427 11,309 1,176 2.5 1,054 176 878 122 35 n/a n/a n/a .896 2.52
OF Totals 14 0 0 19 1.4 16 14 2 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .842 0.00
RF Totals 5 0 0 5 1.0 4 3 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 0.00
1B Totals 1 0 0 5 5.0 4 4 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 0.00
LF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
CF Totals 1 0 0 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
10 Years 485 427 11,309 1,208 2.5 1,081 200 881 127 35 n/a n/a n/a .895 2.58
Amos Rusie

Amos Rusie Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1889 Hoosiers 3 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.4 25.8 0.94 4.36 4.64
1890 Giants 6 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.9 10.1 1.18 5.59 4.74
1891 Giants 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.8 14.7 1.29 6.06 4.71
1892 Giants 4 - - 0 0 n/a 256.0 8.8 9.8 1.08 4.87 4.52
1893 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 70.7 11.2 7.9 0.95 3.88 4.07
1894 Giants 5 - - 0 0 n/a 62.0 7.8 7.2 0.98 3.95 4.05
1895 Giants 2 - - 0 0 n/a 179.0 6.4 9.4 1.26 4.60 3.64
1897 Giants 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 6.5 1.55 3.77 2.43
1898 Giants 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 17.3 1.11 3.42 3.09
1901 Reds 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 8.0 2.00 2.45 1.23
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
10 Years 25 - - 0 0 n/a 216.3 10.2 9.8 1.13 4.62 4.07
Amos Rusie

Amos Rusie Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1889 Indianapolis Hoosiers n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1890 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1891 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1892 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1893 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1894 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1895 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1897 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1898 New York Giants n/a $3,000.00 n/a n/a
1901 Cincinnati Reds n/a Undetermined n/a n/a


In 1883 Francis Richter founded the Sporting Life, a weekly magazine devoted to coverage of all sports, with an emphasis on baseball. In 1887 Richter, and other baseball journalists, formed the Base Ball Reporters Association of America, also referred to as the National Base Ball Reporters' Association. And in 1914 Richter wrote the History and Records of Baseball: the American Nation's Chief Sport (Philadelphia: Sporting Life Publishing Co., 1914). In that historic book Richter selected the greatest players in each position in each decade:

Francis Richter Greatest Players by Decade

Decade Catchers Catchers
1870-1880 Doug Allison Deacon White
1880-1890 Charlie Bennett Buck Ewing
1890-1900 Tom Daly Yank Robinson
1900-1912 Chief Meyers Billy Sullivan
Decade Pitchers Pitchers
1870-1880 Candy Cummings Al Spalding
1880-1890 John Clarkson Old Hoss Radbourn
1890-1900 Amos Rusie Cy Young
1900-1912 Christy Mathewson Rube Waddell
Decade First Base First Base
1870-1880 Wes Fisler Joe Start
1880-1890 Cap Anson Charlie Comiskey
1890-1900 Jake Beckley Dan Brouthers
1900-1912 Hal Chase Fred Tenney
Decade Second Base Second Base
1870-1880 Ross Barnes Al Reach (NA Only)
1880-1890 Fred Dunlap Bid McPhee
1890-1900 Nap Lajoie Fred Pfeffer
1900-1912 Eddie Collins Johnny Evers
Decade Third Base Third Base
1870-1880 Cap Anson Ezra Sutton
1880-1890 Jerry Denny Denny Lyons
1890-1900 John McGraw Billy Nash
1900-1912 Home Run Baker Jimmy Collins
Decade Shortstops Shortstops
1870-1880 Davy Force George Wright
1880-1890 Monte Ward Ned Williamson
1890-1900 Hughie Jennings Herman Long
1900-1912 Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace
Decade Left Fielders Left Fielders
1870-1880 Andy Leonard Lip Pike
1880-1890 Tip O'Neill George Wood
1890-1900 Ed Delahanty Joe Kelley
1900-1912 Fred Clarke Chick Stahl
Decade Center Fielders Center Fielders
1870-1880 Count Sensenderfer (NA Only) Harry Wright
1880-1890 Ned Hanlon Hardy Richardson
1890-1900 Billy Hamilton Bill Lange
1900-1912 Ty Cobb Tris Speaker
Decade Right Fielders Right Fielders
1870-1880 Jack Chapman Cal McVey
1880-1890 Joe Kelley Sam Thompson
1890-1900 Jesse Burkett Mike Tiernan
1900-1912 Sam Crawford Willie Keeler

Amos Rusie - on his way to the Hall of Fame - had a challenging sophomore season ( 1890 ), leading the National League in games lost (34), wild pitches (36), and bases on balls (289). No pitcher since The Hoosier Thunderbolt has ever walked as many batters in a single season in baseball history! [ Bases on Balls Records ]
Amos Rusie Hall of Fame Plaque
Amos Rusie | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1977 ( HOF )

In The Evolution of Pitching in Major League Baseball (William F. McNeil, McFarland Publishing, 03/15/2006, Page 41) we found this wonderful biographical passage about Amos Rusie, "One popular theory held that the distance from the mound to the plate was increased to protect batters from Amos Rusie's fastballs. The big 6' 2", 200-pound Hoosier Thunderbolt was baseball's foremost power pitcher during the 1890s, a hard-throwing wild man who intimidated batters, but had no idea where the pitch was going. Over his career, Rusie fanned five men a game, a high number in those days, walked an equal number, and hit more than a few. He was the scourge of the league, feared by most batters with some justification, since he had sent several players to the hospital with enormous headaches. In fact, Hughie Jennings , the feisty field leader of the Baltimore Orioles, lay unconscious in a hospital bed for three days after running into one of Rusie's blazers."

Last-Modified: June 25, 2019 10:17 AM EST

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