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Leon Ames

1915/16 M101-5 Sporting News

Leon Kessling “Red” Ames

Born: August 2, 1882 - Warren, OH
Died: October 8, 1936 - Warren, OH
Batted: Switch
Threw: RH
Position: P
MLB Pitching Record: 183–167
ERA: 2.63

Teams:
New York Giants NL (August 2, 1882 - October 8, 1936)
Cincinnati Reds NL (1913–1915)
St. Louis Cardinals NL (1915–1919)
Philadelphia Phillies NL (1919)

A solid pitcher during his 17-year career, Leon “Red” Ames won 22 games in 1905 and pitched in three World Series with John McGraw’s Giants (1905, 1911, 1912). He led the league in wild pitches in 1905 (30) and 1907 (20), and is tied with Walter Johnson for the most wild pitches in a career (156). If not for his wild pitching, Ames would have been considered a dominant pitcher, as he struck out 1,702 batters over his 17 years. He pitched a no-hitter on April 15, 1909, and lost, earning the nickname “Kalamity.” After his MLB days, he played for the Kansas City Blues in the American Association. Ames then became player/manager of the Daytona Beach Islanders in the Florida State League in 1923, retiring after that season with a 49–47 minor league pitching record. He was inducted into the Trumbull County (Ohio) Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. 

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 EX-MT 6
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