Red Ames

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Red Ames
Red Ames.jpg
Pitcher
Born: August 2, 1882
Warren, Ohio
Died: October 8, 1936(1936-10-08) (aged 54)
Warren, Ohio
Batted: Both Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1903 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 15, 1919 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win-loss record 183-167
Earned run average 2.63
Strikeouts 1702
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Leon Kessling "Red" Ames (August 2, 1882 – October 8, 1936) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Major league career[edit]

Born in Warren, Ohio, Ames was a third or fourth starter for the New York Giants during their early period of dominance under John McGraw. He made his debut on September 14, 1903, pitching an abbreviated five-inning no-hitter against the Cardinals, but wasn't in the rotation full-time until 1905, when his 22 wins and 2.74 ERA helped the Giants to their first twentieth-century world championship. This was by far his best season, for although the Giants were perennial contenders during this time, injury and wildness kept him from becoming a star even though he was the Opening Day pitcher three years running. A career ERA of 2.63 ties him with Cy Young.

He pitched in three World Series with the Giants (1905, 1911, 1912), but because he was only a third or fourth starter in an era when top pitchers pitched more games than they do today he appeared almost entirely in relief in the fall classic, starting only once, the last game in 1911, which he lost decisively to the world champion Philadelphia Athletics. He was traded to the Reds in 1913, and never again approached his earlier success with the Giants.

Ames' greatest distinction was being one of the wildest pitchers in history with a curveball charitably described as "dramatic." Other of his notable accomplishments are leading the National League in saves with 6 in 1914 and 8 in 1916, and in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched in 1905 (6.78), 1906 (6.90) and 1907 (5.63).

On Opening Day, April 15, 1909, he achieved the unique feat of losing a no-hitter in a game in which he didn't give up a hit until the 10th inning or a run until the 13th, but still got credit for 9 no-hit innings.[1]

Later years[edit]

After leaving the majors, he pitched in the minors for three more years and managed briefly in the minors in 1923. His son, Red Ames Jr, played in the minor leagues for several years.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Red Ames at the SABR Bio Project, by R. J. Lesch, retrieved November 16, 2013

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