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Red Ames

Red Ames 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) 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