Happy Birthday Adrian “Addie” Joss! (April 12, 1880 – April 14, 1911)

Nicknamed “The Human Hairpin,” Joss was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). He pitched for the Cleveland Bronchos, later known as the Naps, between 1902 and 1910. Joss, who was 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg), pitched the fourth perfect game in baseball history. His 1.89 career earned run average (ERA) is the second-lowest in MLB history, behind Ed Walsh. 

Though Joss played only nine seasons and missed significant playing time due to various ailments, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors passed a special resolution for Joss in 1977 which waived the typical ten-year minimum playing career for Hall of Fame eligibility. He was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1978. (Wikipedia)

Portrait of Addie Joss, pitcher for the Cleveland Naps. Another player stands in background. Handwritten on back: “Addie Joss, Cleveland." 

  • Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library

Happy Birthday Sylveanus Augustus “Vean” Gregg(April 13, 1885 - July 29, 1964)   

Left-handed pitcher for the Cleveland Naps, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics, and the Washington Senators. In 1911, he went 23–7 with a league leading 1.80 ERA. In 1912 and 1913, he started 34 games both years with an identical 20–13 record each season. He was the only pitcher in the 20th century to win 20 games or more in his first three seasons. (Wikipedia)

Cleveland Naps pitcher Vean Gregg pitching. Printed on front: “Supplement to The Sporting News, St. Louis, Nov. 2, 1911. Vean Gregg. Cleveland American League." 

  • Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library