Leon Ames - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

Leon Kessling “Red” Ames (1882-1936) began his career by pitching an abbreviated 5-inning no-hitter in his Major League debut with the New York Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals. In 17 seasons, Red won 10 games or more 13 times, including three 15-win seasons and one 20-win season. He began his career with the Giants (1903-1913) moved to the Reds (1913-1915) then Cardinals (1915-1919) before ending his career as a Phillie (1919). Ames was a member of the 1904 and 1905 World Series champion Giants and National League pennant winners in 1911 and 1912. He spent much of his career coming out of the bullpen and led the NL twice in saves (1914, 1916). Red was known for his “dramatic” curveball responsible for numerous wild pitches. In fact, Ames is tied with later Johnson for most wild pitches in a career (156) and he set a single season record of 30 wild ones in 1905. Despite his wildness, in 1909, Ames again pitched a no-hitter into the 10th inning against Brooklyn before losing 3-0 in the 13th. Red Ames finished his career with a 183-167 record adding 1,702 strikeouts, 209 complete games, 27 shutouts and a lifetime 2.63 earned run average.



Condition Census (Explain)

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
4 VG+ 3.5
5 VG 3

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