John Brush

Birthdate 06/15/1845
Death Date 11/26/1912
Debut Year 1887
Year of Induction
Teams Giants, Reds
Positions Executive, Owner

John Brush was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame along with ten other executives in 1946 as members of the Honor Rolls of Baseball.

 

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John T. Brush signature as owner of the Reds

John T. Brush signature as owner of the Reds

Though he gained fame as owner of the New York Giants, John T. Brush owned the Cincinnati Reds from 1890-1902. During baseball’s “Syndicate Ball” era, men often owned stock in more than one franchise. Brush owned the Reds while holding stock in the Giants and the AL’s Baltimo
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Brush "traded" Christy Mathewson to the Giants for sore-armed Amos Rusie

Before John Brush focused entirely on the Giants, he made a series of personnel moves involving the Giants, Reds, and Orioles, all three of which he owned. Amos Rusie hadn’t pitched since 1898 but Brush traded Christy Mathewson to the Giants straight up for Rusie
Amos Rusie never won a game for the Giants; Matty won 372 for NY

Amos Rusie never won a game for the Giants; Matty won 372 for NY

The Amos Ruise for Christy Mathewson sham helped position the Giants as the top team in the National League for the first part of the 20th century. After the trade Rusie would pitch three more games and post an 8.59 ERA before retiring for good. Matty who won only one

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