John Gordon Rhodes [Dusty] (August 11, 1907 – March 22, 1960) was a starting pitcher in Major League who played from 1929 through 1936 for the New York Yankees (1929–1932), Boston Red Sox (1932–1935) and Philadelphia Athletics (1936). Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 187 lb., Rhodes batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Winnemucca, Nevada.
Purchased by the Yankees from the Hollywood Stars (PCL), hard-throwing Rhodes was 21 years old when he made his first major league appearance. He went 9–19 in 63 games with New York before being traded to Boston in the same transaction that brought Wilcy Moore to the Yankees. In 1933 and 1934, Rhodes won 12 games each season, but dropped to 2–10 in 1935. Traded to the Athletics in a deal that included Jimmie Foxx and Johnny Marcum, he collected nine wins in 1936, but led American League pitchers with 20 losses and 26 home runs allowed.
In an eight-year career, Rhodes posted a 43–74 record with 356 strikeouts and a 4.85 ERA in 200 appearances, including 135 starts, 47 complete games, one shutout, five saves, and 1048⅔ innings of work. He was a competent hitter for a pitcher, collecting a .194 batting average (69-for-356) with two home runs and 34 runs batted in.
Rhodes died at the age of 52 in Long Beach, California.
- "The original Dusty Rhodes story". Baseball: Past and Present. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
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