12. Addie Joss
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 12, 1880 in Woodland, WI USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 26, 1902
  • Final Game: July 11, 1910
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1908
 
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One of the early masters of the curveball, the entirety of Addie Joss Major League career was spent in Cleveland, a team he signed with before the 1902 Season.

Joss wasted no time proving he belonged.  After a promising rookie year (17-13, 2.77 ERA), he dropped his ERA to 2.19 in 1903 and led the American League in WHIP (0.948).  Joss kept his WHIP under one the next year but won his first ERA Title with a 1.59 ERA.  

Back in Joss' playing days, Wins were the premium stat, and from 1905 to 1908, he was a 20-Game winner, which included a league-leading 27 in 1907.  However, his best season was 1908, where his 24-11 record had his second ERA Title (1.16) and WHIP Title (0.806).  The coup de grace of the year was a Perfect Game, the fourth in Major League history.  Injuries and various ailments reduced his output in 1910, as he only made 13 appearances, but the worst was yet to come.

Sadly, his career was cut short as he contracted tuberculosis meningitis and passed away from it in April of 2011.  He would have 160 Wins against 97 Losses with an ERA of 1.89, the second-best all-time.  His 0.968 lifetime WHIP is the best of all-time.

The Veteran's Committee selected Joss for the Hall of Fame in 1978.  It is especially noteworthy that they waived the ten-year minimum playing career for Joss, who was only in the Majors for nine years.  The Indians enshrined him in their Hall of Fame in 2006.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as Free Agent 3/16/02.
  • Departed:

    Died 4/14/11.

  • Games Played: 286
  • Notable Statistics:

    160 Wins
    97 Losses
    260 Games Started
    1.89 ERA
    234 Complete Games
    22 Games Finished
    5 Saves
    2,327 Innings Pitched
    920 Strikeouts
    2.25 FIP
    0.968 WHIP
    45.4 bWAR

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Lowest ERA (1904 & 1908)
    Most Wins (1907)
    Lowest WHIP (1903 & 1908)
    Lowest H/9 (1908)
    Lowest BB/9 (1908 & 1909)
    Most Shutouts (1902)
    Highest ERA+ (1908)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Pitcher (1903)

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