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Amos Rusie

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Amos Rusie on a 1895 Mayo Tobacco Works baseball card (Mayo's Cut Plug (N300)).

Amos Wilson Rusie (May 30, 1871 - December 6, 1942), nicknamed "The Hoosier Thunderbolt", was a hard-throwing right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher during the late 19th century.

Born in Moorseville, Indiana, Rusie made his major league debut with the National League Indianapolis Hoosiers in 1889 and posted a 12-10 record. The following year, he moved to the New York Giants the team he would remain with until 1900 when he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for future Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. It was in New York that Rusie had his greatest success. From 1890 through 1898, Rusie won 20 or more games each year, won 30 or more games four times (1891 - 1894), struck out 300 or more batters twice (1890 and 1891), led the league in strikeouts five times (1890 - 1891, 1893 - 1895) and regularly posted an ERA below 3.00.

Rusie didn't play a game of major league ball in 1899 or 1900 and after being traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1900, only saw three games of action in 1901 before retiring. He finished his career with 245 wins, 174 losses, 1934 strikeouts and a 3.07 ERA.

Rusie was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

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