NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 11-Amos Rusie
Amos Rusie is one of the most interesting baseball names I have ever heard, but his nickname is definitely better.
“The Hoosier Thunderbolt” was known for his fastball and although there weren’t radar guns, they were not needed to know that this guy was a great pitcher.
He logged over 3,500 innings with almost 2,000 strikeouts in his career.
Rusie played with the Indianapolis Hoosiers before heading to the New York Giants from 1890-1898. He was primarily a pitcher, but he did hit for the Triple Crown in 1894.
On the pitching side, he was the wins leader in 1894, a two-time NL ERA leader in that same season as well as in 1897. He was also the National League strikeout leader in 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, and 1895.
In the 1891 season, he ended up throwing a no-hitter at the end of July.
After some arm problems, Amos was traded to the Reds for Christy Mathewson, a trade that changed the Giants history forever.
Rusie passed away on December 6, 1942 at 71 years old at Ballard General Hospital.
Rusie was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 by the Veterans Committee.