Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Name: Adrian Joss

Position: Starting Pitcher

Tribe Time: 1902-1910

DOB: 04/12/1880

Accolades: Hall of Fame (1978)

Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP K/9 BAA Best Season (1908) 24 11 0.686 1.16 42 35 29 9 2 325.0 232 77 42 2 30 130 0.81 3.6 0.192 Career 160 97 0.623 1.89 286 260 234 45 5 2,327.0 1,888 730 488 19 364 856 0.97 3.3 0.213


Addie Joss was very possibly the greatest player to ever throw a baseball in a Cleveland uniform. Like Bob Feller, he played his whole career in Cleveland, but he was only able to play half the seasons as his life was cut short by tubercular meningitis. Joss joined the team during just their second season in the American League and quickly established some team records that have never been broken. Although a century has passed since his death, no Indians pitcher has even come close to his team records for ERA and WHIP. In fact, no pitcher in Major League Baseball history has had a lower career WHIP than Addie Joss. Only Ed Walsh, a pitcher for the White Sox during the same era as Joss, has a better ERA in all of baseball history.

Many people have forgotten about, or never have even heard of Joss due to the decades that have passed since he last pitched, but he should be remembered. Even though he only played 9 seasons he still ranks in the top ten Indians all time in career wins, losses, complete games, innings pitched and batting average against as well as holding the Indians records in ERA, WHIP and shut outs. Joss lead holds six of the Indians top ten seasons in WHIP (Indians record of 0.81 in 1908) and four of the top five ERA seasons (team record 1.16 in 1908)

In 1910 Joss only played in 13 games. He died just before the following season in April 1911. In order to support his widow, a group of players got together and held the first All-Star game as a charity event. The even featured the American League All-Stars playing against the Cleveland Naps. Many future Hall of Famers were on the field that day including Ty Cobb (wearing a Cleveland jersey), future Indian player/manager Tris Speaker and current Naps Cy Young and Napoleon Lajoie. Addie Joss himself was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1978, better late than never, and is enshrined in the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

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