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Encyclopedia > Red Ames

Leon Kessling "Red" Ames (August 2, 1882, Warren, OH - October 8, 1936, Warren) was a professional baseball player for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies.


Ames was a third or fourth starter for the New York Giants during their early period of dominance under John McGraw. He made his debut on September 14, 1903, pitching an abbreviated five-inning no-hitter against the Cardinals. He did not join the rotation full time until 1905, when his 22 wins and 2.74 ERA helped the Giants win the pennant. This was by far his best season, for although the Giants were perennial contenders during this time, injury and wildness kept him from becoming a star. He pitched in three World Series total with the Giants (1905, 1911, 1912) but because he was only a third or fourth starter in a era when top pitchers pitched more games than they do today, he appeared almost entirely in relief, making only one start in 1911, which he lost. He was traded to the Reds in 1913, and never approached his earlier success with the Giants for the rest of his career. Ames's greatest distinction is being one of the wildest pitchers in history. He is tied with Walter Johnson for the most wild pitches with 156 (though he pitched less than half the innings that Johnson did) and his 30 wild pitches in 1905 is a single season record. After leaving the majors he pitched in the minors for three more years and managed briefly in the minors in 1923.

 YEAR TEAM AGE W L PCT G GS CG SV GF IP H R ER BB SO ERA RSAA 1903 Giants 20 2 0 1.000 2 2 2 0 0 14 5 2 2 8 14 1.29 3 1904 Giants 21 4 6 .400 16 13 11 3 3 115 94 44 29 38 93 2.27 6 1905 Giants 22 22 8 .733 34 31 21 0 3 263 220 113 80 105 198 2.74 5 1906 Giants 23 12 10 .545 31 25 15 1 5 203 166 79 60 93 156 2.66 -2 1907 Giants 24 10 12 .455 39 26 17 1 8 233 184 93 56 108 146 2.16 12 1908 Giants 25 7 4 .636 18 15 5 1 2 114 96 33 23 27 81 1.82 8 1909 Giants 26 15 10 .600 34 26 20 1 6 244 217 109 73 81 156 2.69 -2 1910 Giants 27 12 11 .522 33 23 13 0 5 190 161 78 47 63 94 2.23 13 1911 Giants 28 11 10 .524 34 23 13 2 5 205 170 80 61 54 118 2.68 16 1912 Giants 29 11 5 .688 33 22 9 2 8 179 194 82 49 35 83 2.46 19 1913 Giants 30 2 1 .667 8 5 2 1 2 42 35 11 10 8 30 2.14 5 Reds 30 11 13 .458 31 24 12 2 5 187 185 82 60 70 80 2.89 9 TOTALS 13 14 .481 39 29 14 3 7 229 220 93 70 78 110 2.75 14 1914 Reds 31 15 23 .395 47 36 18 6 10 297 274 125 87 94 128 2.64 11 1915 Reds 32 2 4 .333 17 7 4 1 5 68 82 39 34 24 26 4.50 -13 Cardinals 32 9 3 .750 15 14 8 1 1 113 93 35 31 32 48 2.47 4 TOTALS 11 7 .611 32 21 12 2 6 181 175 74 65 56 74 3.23 -9 1916 Cardinals 33 11 16 .407 45 25 10 8 17 228 225 100 67 57 98 2.64 -1 1917 Cardinals 34 15 10 .600 43 19 10 3 17 209 189 75 63 57 62 2.71 2 1918 Cardinals 35 9 14 .391 27 25 17 1 2 207 192 75 53 52 68 2.30 7 1919 Cardinals 36 3 5 .375 23 7 1 1 10 70 88 44 38 25 19 4.89 -16 Phillies 36 0 2 .000 3 2 1 1 1 16 26 12 11 3 4 6.19 -5 TOTALS 3 7 .300 26 9 2 2 11 86 114 56 49 28 23 5.13 -21 TOTALS 183 167 .523 533 370 209 36 115 3197 2896 1311 934 1034 1702 2.63 81 LG AVERAGE 176 176 .500 233 16 3197 2964 1368 1008 995 1285 2.84 0 
 YEAR TEAM HR H/9 BR/9 SO/9 BB/9 SO/BB SHO WP IBB HBP BFP BK NW NL 1903 Giants 0 3.21 8.36 9.00 5.14 1.75 1 0 0 0 52 0 2 0 1904 Giants 2 7.36 10.57 7.28 2.97 2.45 1 6 0 3 464 0 6 4 1905 Giants 2 7.53 11.22 6.78 3.59 1.89 2 30 0 3 1064 0 16 14 1906 Giants 1 7.36 11.62 6.92 4.12 1.68 1 7 0 3 840 1 11 11 1907 Giants 4 7.11 11.67 5.64 4.17 1.35 2 20 0 10 959 0 13 9 1908 Giants 0 7.58 9.79 6.39 2.13 3.00 0 2 0 1 441 0 7 4 1909 Giants 3 8.00 11.14 5.75 2.99 1.93 2 13 0 4 986 0 12 13 1910 Giants 3 7.63 10.89 4.45 2.98 1.49 3 9 0 6 747 0 14 9 1911 Giants 0 7.46 10.01 5.18 2.37 2.19 1 8 0 4 822 0 13 8 1912 Giants 3 9.75 11.72 4.17 1.76 2.37 2 9 0 4 744 0 10 6 1913 Giants 0 7.50 9.43 6.43 1.71 3.75 0 3 0 1 157 0 2 1 Reds 7 8.90 12.51 3.85 3.37 1.14 1 9 0 5 789 0 14 10 TOTALS 7 8.65 11.95 4.32 3.07 1.41 1 12 0 6 946 0 16 11 1914 Reds 7 8.30 11.33 3.88 2.85 1.36 3 12 0 6 1241 0 21 17 1915 Reds 2 10.85 14.03 3.44 3.18 1.08 1 3 0 0 293 0 2 4 Cardinals 1 7.41 9.96 3.82 2.55 1.50 2 2 0 0 457 1 7 5 TOTALS 3 8.70 11.49 3.68 2.78 1.32 3 5 0 0 750 1 9 9 1916 Cardinals 3 8.88 11.33 3.87 2.25 1.72 2 9 0 5 948 0 13 14 1917 Cardinals 2 8.14 10.72 2.67 2.45 1.09 2 5 0 3 847 0 13 12 1918 Cardinals 1 8.35 10.83 2.96 2.26 1.31 0 5 0 5 844 0 13 10 1919 Cardinals 1 11.31 14.66 2.44 3.21 0.76 0 3 0 1 314 0 2 6 Phillies 0 14.63 16.31 2.25 1.69 1.33 0 1 0 0 71 0 0 2 TOTALS 1 11.93 14.97 2.41 2.93 0.82 0 4 0 1 385 0 2 8 TOTALS 42 8.15 11.24 4.79 2.91 1.65 26 156 0 64 13080 2 191 159 LG AVERAGE 60 8.34 11.43 3.62 2.80 1.29 34 67 0 101 13102 5 

RED AMES LEAGUE LEADERSHIP RANKINGS


1904 NL SAVES T2ND 3


1905 NL WINS 3RD 22; WINNING PERCENTAGE 3RD .733; WALKS 5TH 105; STRIKEOUTS 2ND 198; HITS/9 IP 7TH 7.53; STRIKEOUTS/9 IP 1ST 6.78; STRIKEOUTS/WALKS 8TH 1.89; WILD PITCHES 1ST 30


1906 NL WALKS 9TH 93; STRIKEOUTS 3RD 156; HITS/9 IP 8TH 7.36; STRIKEOUTS/9 IP 1ST 6.92; STRIKEOUTS/WALKS 9TH 1.68; WILD PITCHES T8TH 7; BALKS T2ND 1


1907 NL GAMES T7TH 39; SAVES T8TH 1; GAMES FINISHED T8TH 8; WALKS T3RD 108; STRIKEOUTS 3RD 146; HOMERUNS T8TH 4; HITS/9 IP 8TH 7.11; STRIKEOUTS/9 IP 1ST 5.64; WILD PITCHES 1ST 20


1909 NL RUNS 5TH 109; EARNED RUNS 10TH 73; STRIKEOUTS 5TH 156; WORST ERA 10TH 2.69; STRIKEOUTS/9 IP 3RD 5.75; STRIKEOUTS/WALKS 7TH 1.93; WILD PITCHES T2ND 13


1910 NL ERA 4TH 2.23; HITS/9 IP 5TH 7.63; BASERUNNERS/9 IP 9TH 10.89; STRIKEOUTS/9 IP 5TH 4.45; WILD PITCHES T2ND 9


1911 NL STRIKEOUTS 10TH 118; ERA 10TH 2.68; HITS/9 IP 4TH 7.46; BASERUNNERS/9 IP 2ND 10.01; STRIKEOUTS/9 IP 4TH 5.18; WALKS/9 IP 9TH 2.37; STRIKEOUTS/WALKS 6TH 2.19; WILD PITCHES T5TH 8


1912 NL WINNING PERCENTAGE 5TH .688; SAVES T10TH 2; ERA 5TH 2.46; RSAA 9TH 19; STRIKEOUTS/9 IP 10TH 4.17; WALKS/9 IP 4TH 1.76; STRIKEOUTS/WALKS 3RD 2.37; WILD PITCHES T5TH 9


1913 NL SAVES T5TH 3; STRIKEOUTS 10TH 110; STRIKEOUTS/9 IP 8TH 4.32; WILD PITCHES T2ND 12


1914 NL LOSSES 1ST 23; GAMES 3RD 47; GAMES STARTED T6TH 36; SAVES T1ST 6; INNINGS PITCHED 9TH 297; HITS 5TH 274; RUNS 5TH 125; EARNED RUNS 8TH 87; WALKS 7TH 94; STRIKEOUTS 9TH 128; RSAA T9TH 11; WILD PITCHES T3RD 12; BATTERS FACED 9TH 1241; NEUTRAL WINS T6TH 21; NEUTRAL LOSSES T5TH 17


1915 NL WINNING PERCENTAGE 6TH .611; WORST ERA 7TH 3.23; BALKS T2ND 1


1916 NL LOSSES T5TH 16; GAMES T3RD 45; SAVES 1ST 8; GAMES FINISHED T3RD 17; RUNS T5TH 100; WILD PITCHES T4TH 9; NEUTRAL LOSSES T8TH 14


1917 NL GAMES T6TH 43; SAVES T2ND 3; GAMES FINISHED 3RD 17; WILD PITCHES T9TH 5


1918 NL LOSSES T7TH 14; ERA 7TH 2.30; WILD PITCHES T5TH 5


1919 NL SAVES T7TH 2; GAMES FINISHED T8TH 11; WORST RSAA 2ND -21


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BIOPROJ.SABR.ORG :: The Baseball Biography Project. (1412 words)
Ames was a solid contributor to the 1911-12 pennant-winners, taking his turn in the rotation in cool weather and pitching in relief as temperatures rose.
Red started regularly in Cincinnati and pitched well for a couple of years, hurling a career-high 297 innings in 1914 when he posted a 15-23 record and contributed a league-leading six saves.
The Phillies returned Red Ames to St. Louis after the 1919 season, but the Cardinals gave him his unconditional release when he was involved in a serious automobile accident during the off-season.
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