Addie Joss is one of three post-1900 MLB debut HoF players whose autograph is not in the collection
Addie Joss was on his way to one of the greatest careers in Major League history. Through his first nine years in the big leagues, Joss was 160-97 with a 1.89 earned run average. His corkscrew delivery kept the ball hidden and deceived batters. Hall of Fame shortstop Bobby Wallace was particularly i
“Joss sort of hid the ball on you,” Wallace says on Joss’s page on the Hall’s website. “One moment, you’d be squinting at a long, graceful windup and the next instant, out of nowhere, the ball was hopping across the plate – and a lot of us standing flat-footed with our bat glued to our shoulders.”.
Sadly Joss’ life was cut short when he died of tubercular meningitis two days after his 31st birthday, in April of 1911. His career is the shortest of any man enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
He remains one of three post-1900 MLB debut HoF players whose autograph is not in the collection.
A team of All Stars played an exhibition game to benefit Addie Joss' family after his death in 1911
Addie Joss died of tuberculosis just two days after his 31st birthday. He was so beloved that players from all over the game got together to raise money for his family. The benefit game in many ways was one of baseball’s earliest All Star Games. Held on July 24, 1911, the contest featured nine future Cooperstown men. The picture above