Amos Rusie

Birthdate 5/31/1871
Death Date 12/6/1942
Debut Year 1888
Year of Induction 1977
Teams Giants, Indianapolis Hoosiers, Reds
Position Pitcher

Amos Rusie thew at least 90 mph and has been widely reported as the main reason MLB changed the pitching distance from 50′ to 60’6″ in 1893.

 

 

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Government postcard signed by Amos Rusie

Government postcard signed by Amos Rusie

Amos Rusie, the “Hoosier Thunderbolt” was one of the most feared pitchers of his day. The first half of his career pitchers stood just 50 feet away from the batter. Armed with a 90+ fastball, Rusie was not known for his control. He once hit future HoFer Hugh Jennings in the head, putting
Closeup of the Amos Rusie signature from GPC

Closeup of the Amos Rusie signature from GPC

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, Rusie died in 1942 and remains a difficult autograph to obtain. This piece is a government postcard complete with a postmark from Seattle, Washington where Rusie resided in his final years. The man once traded for Christy Mathewson won 246 games in his ten-yea
Reverse of GPC with 6/1/1940 postmark

Reverse of GPC with 6/1/1940 postmark

Government postcards provide aid to authenticating autographs. Collectors would send a postcard to the desired target. When the autograph returned in the mail it would contain a postmark verifying the exact date and place from where it was mailed. This postmarked reveals a June 1st, 1940 mailing fro
Amos Rusie was traded straight up for Christy Mathewson

Amos Rusie was traded straight up for Christy Mathewson

John T. Brush owned the Reds while eyeing the Giants. After the 1900 season, Brush as Reds owner “traded” Christy Mathewson straight up for the sore-armed Amos Rusie who hadn’t pitched since 1898. Bush sold his share in the Cincinnati club and bought the Giants for whom Matty was p

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