Sunday, May 30, 2021

Amos Rusie 150 -- May 30, 2021

Amos Rusie, the Hoosier Thunderbolt, was the hardest-throwing pitcher of the 19th Century.  He was born 150 years ago today, on 30-May-1871. 

He played most of his career for the New York Giants.  In 1893, he threw 50 complete games. 

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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