Giants 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)
Iron Joe McGinnity
1979-1982 Oakland A’s (4 years)
1909-1911 Philadelphia A’s (3 years)
1967-1969 Athletics (3 years)
Blue Moon Odom
1976-1978 Los Angeles Dodgers (3 years)
1979-1981 Baltimore Orioles (3 years)