Amos Rusie

200 Walk Seasons

Amos Rusie

“Words fail to describe the speed with which [Amos] Rusie sent the ball… It was like a white streak tearing past you.” – Jimmy Ryan, Chicago outfielder, 1894.

Nolan Ryan and Amos Rusie, both famous for high 90s+ fastballs (and faster!), are the only two pitchers to have 2 seasons since 1893 with 200+ walks. Rusie gave up 218 walks in 1893–which is the record. He also walked 200 batters in 1894.

Ryan gave up 204 walks in 1977, and 202 walks in 1974.

Bob Feller, the fire-balling pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, allowed 208 walks in 1938.

The 2nd highest walks total given up in a season is by Cy Seymour in 1898 with 213.