Today in Tribe History: January 30, 1978
Bob Toth | On 30, Jan 2020
Addie Joss is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame through selection by the Special Veterans Committee. He is joined by longtime baseball executive Larry MacPhail.
Joss is a rare exception to the other players that he joined in the Hall, as he spent just nine seasons in the Majors after meningitis quickly claimed his life just prior to the 1911 season. He spent his entire pitching career in Cleveland with the Bronchos and later the Naps, never winning fewer than 14 games in a season until an elbow injury limited him to 13 games pitched in 1910. He had winning percentages of .500 or better in all nine of his seasons, he twice led baseball in ERA, and he had a Major League-best 27 wins in 1907.
His impressive 1908 campaign was highlighted by a 74-pitch perfect game on October 2 against the Chicago White Sox while in the thick of a pennant chase. He finished that season with a 24-11 record, a 1.16 ERA, and a WHIP of 0.81, thanks in large part to issuing just 30 walks in 325 innings pitched on the year.
He would throw a second no-hitter against the White Sox in 1910.