November 27 – Happy Birthday Bullet Joe Bush

The last Boston Red Sox team to win a World Series during the 20th century was the 1918 squad. Their starting rotation consisted of Carl Mays, “Sad” Sam Jones, Babe Ruth and today’s Pinstripe Birthday celebrant, Bullet Joe Bush. By 1922, three of the four were pitching for the Yankees and the fourth was on his way to becoming New York’s and all of baseball’s most famous home-run hitter of all time.

Before Bush got to Boston in 1918, he had already pitched five seasons with the A’s. He made quite a splash as a 20-year-old when he beat the heavily favored New York Giants in Game 3 of the 1913 World Series. Bush went 46-39 during his four seasons in Boston. His best year for the Red Sox was his last one, when he went 16-9 for the 1921 squad. In December of 1921, Boston owner Harry Frazee sent Bush, Jones and Everett Scott, his starting shortstop to New York for Roger Peckinpaugh, Rip Collins, Jack Quinn, Bill Piercy and $100,000. Bush then went 26-7 for the 1922 Yankees and 19-15 the following year. He kept pitching until 1928 when he ended his seventeen-season big league career with a 196-184 record.

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