Bullet Joe Bush

Bullet Joe Bush

For other uses, see Joe Bush (disambiguation).
Bullet Joe Bush
Born: (1892-11-27)November 27, 1892
Brainerd, Minnesota
Died: November 1, 1974(1974-11-01) (aged 81)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 30, 1912 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
August 22, 1928 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Career statistics
Win–loss record 195-183
Earned run average 3.51
Strikeouts 1,319

Career highlights and awards

Leslie Ambrose "Bullet Joe" Bush (November 27, 1892 – November 1, 1974) was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Giants. He is credited with having developed the forkball pitch.[1]


Bush helped the Athletics win the 1913 World Series and the 1914 American League pennant, the Red Sox win the 1918 World Series, the Yankees win the 1922 AL pennant and 1923 World Series and the Pirates win the 1927 National League pennant.

He led the American League in walks allowed (109) in 1924, losses (24) in 1916 and wild pitches in 1916 (15), 1923 (12) and 1924 (7). In 1916, when he led the league in losses, he won 15 games; the entire team won only 36. This was 41.7% of the team's total wins.

On August 26, 1916, Bush threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians; a first inning walk was the only thing that kept him from a perfect game.

Bush finished fourth in voting for the 1922 American League MVP, as he led the league in winning percentage (.788). He also had a 26–7 win-loss record, 255 ⅓ innings pitched, 85 walks allowed, 92 strikeouts, and a 3.31 earned run average.

In 17 years he had a 195–183 win-loss record, 489 games, 366 games started, 225 complete games, 35 shutouts, 93 games finished, 20 saves, 3,087 ⅓ innings pitched, 2,992 hits allowed, 1,443 runs allowed, 1,205 earned runs allowed, 96 home runs allowed, 1,263 walks allowed, 1,319 strikeouts, 62 hit batsmen, 90 wild pitches, 13,185 batters faced, 1 balk and a 3.51 ERA.

Bush died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the age of 81.

See also

Biography portal
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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Baseball Library
  • The Deadball Era
  • Retrosheet
Preceded by
Rube Foster
No-hitter pitcher
August 26, 1916
Succeeded by
Dutch Leonard