Joe Bush of the 1918 Red Sox — 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox by Allan Wood


Leslie Ambrose “Bullet Joe” Bush
Pitcher

5’9″, 173 lbs., Batted Right, Threw Right
Born: November 27, 1892, Brainerd, Minnesota
Died: November 1, 1974, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Joe Bush was only 19 years old when he made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Athletics and just days shy of his 21st birthday when he started Game Three of the 1913 World Series. He was traded to the Red Sox in December 1917.

Bush led the 1918 Red Sox with an ERA of 2.11, but received very poor run support, finishing with a 15-15 record. In 10 of Bush’s losses, Boston scored a total of six runs. The Red Sox were shut out in 5 of his last 8 starts. He won five games by a score of 1-0 — still a major league record.

Bush was traded to the New York Yankees after the 1921 season. He pitched in New York for three years before moving on to the St. Louis Browns, Washington, Pittsburgh and the New York Giants before finishing his career in 1928, where it began, in Philadelphia.

Pitching

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

IP

H

ER

bb

so

OBA

oOb

WHIP

1918

Bos

15

15

2.11

36

31

26

272.2

241

64

91

125

.242

.307

11.1

Career

195

183

3.51

489

368

225

3087.1

2992

1205

1263

1319

.259

.335

12.6

Batting

g

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

sb

bb

so

ba

oba

slg

1918

Bos

36

98

8

27

3

2

0

14

0

6

11

.276

.317

.347

Career

581

1239

128

313

59

17

7

137

4

53

192

.253

.283

.345

Fielding

g po a e dp pct rf lgrf
1918 Bos

36

16 81 2 5 .980 2.8 2.8
Career 207 840 34 50 .969 2.2