Addie Joss

Addie Joss

Adrian 'Addie' Joss (April 12, 1880 - April 14, 1911) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched the fourth perfect game in baseball history. He played his entire nine-year baseball career for the Cleveland Bluebirds/Naps, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.

About Addie Joss

Adrian 'Addie' Joss (April 12, 1880 April 14, 1911) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched the fourth perfect game in baseball history. He played his entire nine-year baseball career for the Cleveland Bluebirds/Naps (-), and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978. He was born in the unincorporated community of Woodland in Dodge County, Wisconsin, where his father was a cheesemaker. Joss was a star athlete at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. As a minor league ball player for the Toledo Mud Hens of the Western Association, Joss pitched and won the offseason (and unofficial) 1901 Wisconsin state championship game for Racine against Kenosha, who fielded Major League hurler Rube Waddell as a 'ringer'. Joss was an immediate success as a rookie with the Cleveland Bluebirds in 1902, compiling a 1713 record and 2.77 ERA. He continued to improve over the ensuing decade, posting four 20-win seasons and six sub-2.00 ERAs by 1910.

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