Red Ames

Red AmesGiants manager John McGraw believed it was bad to pitch his superstar, Christy Mathewson, in cold weather. As a result, he tapped Red Ames, a tough curveball specialist from Ohio, as his opening day starter several times in the early 20th century.

Ames pitched with more legendary hurlers and was not McGraw’s top choice for big games, despite success. He appeared in three World Series for the Giants but started only once, in Game Six when the A’s clinched the title. He hurt himself with a wild throw to first in the fourth inning that scored three runs.

On opening day in 1909, Ames held Brooklyn hitless and scoreless through nine innings, but unfortunately the Giants were unable to score either. Ames lost his no-hitter in the tenth and lost the game too, 3-0.

Longest-Running Five-Man Pitching Staffs in Baseball History

1904-1907 New York Giants (4 years)
Christy Mathewson
Iron Joe McGinnity
Dummy Taylor
Red Ames
Hooks Wiltse

1979-1982 Oakland A’s (4 years)
Rick Langford
Matt Keough
Mike Norris
Steve McCatty
Brin Kingman

1909-1911 Philadelphia A’s (3 years)
Jack Coombs
Eddie Plank
Cy Morgan
Chief Bender
Harry Krause

1967-1969 Athletics (3 years)
Catfish Hunter
Chuck Dobson
Jim Nash
Blue Moon Odom
Lew Krausse

1976-1978 Los Angeles Dodgers (3 years)
Don Sutton
Burt Hooton
Doug Rau
Tommy John
Rick Rhoden

1979-1981 Baltimore Orioles (3 years)
Mike Flanagan
Scott McGregor
Steve Stone
Jim Palmer
Dennis Martinez