Monday, June 18, 2012

Nickname #15 -- June 18, 2012

Amos Rusie, the Hoosier Thunderbolt, was the hardest-throwing pitcher of the 19th Century.  He played most of his career for the New York Giants.  After he hit Hughie Jennings in the head with a pitch, Jennings was unconscious for four days.  This led baseball to move the pitcher's mound farther away from home plate, from 50 feet to 60 feet, six inches.  He is a member of the Hall of Fame.

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