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Addie Joss, Pitcher, Cleveland Naps, American League, 1911.
Addie Joss "the Human Hairpin" baseball card from 1911

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Adrian "Addie" Joss was known as "the Human Hairpin" because of the way he pitched--with an exaggerated pinwheel motion. Joss was from Cleveland and he always played with the Cleveland team. Here you can see his baseball card from 1911. On the back it says, "His best year was 1908, when he won 24 games out of 35, and put the Naps within half a point of the pennant. On October 2 of that year he pitched a game against Chicago, when no player of the White Sox reached first."

That perfect game was the highlight of a tragically short career. Joss died of tubercular meningitis when he was just 31 years old. In 1978, Joss was elected to the Hall of Fame, after the Veterans Committee decided to bend its 10-year rule, which states that to be eligible, a player must have played for 10 seasons in the major leagues. Joss had barely played nine seasons before he died.

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