November 27th, 2012

November 27 – Happy Birthday Bullet Joe Bush

His real name was Leslie Ambrose Bush and he won 196 regular season games during his seventeen-year big league career that began in 1912. He pitched for seven different Major League teams during that time including the Yankees for three seasons, from 1921 through 1924. During his first year in pinstripes. he won 26 games and lost 7, marking the first and only time the right-hander reached the 20-victory plateau. His performance propelled New York to the team’s second straight AL Pennant that year, but he lost both his starts in the 1922 World Series as the Yankees were swept by the Giants. The following season Bush went 19-15 and earned a victory in that year’s Fall Classic, helping New York to finally beat their inter-city rivals from the Polo Grounds in the third straight postseason match-up of the two teams. When New York failed to make it back to the Series in 1924 and Bush went 17-16, the Yankees then traded this native of Ehime, MN to the Browns for pitcher Urban Shocker. After winning 14 games in his first season in St. Louis the bullets were gone from Bush’s right arm and he won just 11 more games during the final three seasons of his career. Bush died in 1974 at the age of 81.

Other former Yankees who celebrate birthday on November 27th include this catcher and this pitcher.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1922 NYY 26 7 .788 3.31 39 30 8 20 0 3 255.1 240 109 94 16 85 92 1.273
1923 NYY 19 15 .559 3.43 37 30 6 22 3 0 275.2 263 115 105 7 117 125 1.378
1924 NYY 17 16 .515 3.57 39 31 6 19 3 1 252.0 262 117 100 9 109 80 1.472
17 Yrs 196 184 .516 3.51 488 370 93 225 35 19 3085.1 2990 1439 1203 96 1263 1318 1.378
PHA (7 yrs) 65 76 .461 3.19 191 124 52 71 15 8 1115.1 1002 506 395 15 499 575 1.346
BOS (4 yrs) 46 39 .541 3.25 110 97 11 65 10 4 777.2 781 340 281 16 282 311 1.367
NYY (3 yrs) 62 38 .620 3.44 115 91 20 61 6 4 783.0 765 341 299 32 311 297 1.374
PIT (2 yrs) 7 8 .467 3.61 24 15 5 9 2 3 117.1 111 59 47 8 40 39 1.287
WSH (1 yr) 1 8 .111 6.69 12 11 1 3 0 0 71.1 83 54 53 6 35 27 1.654
NYG (1 yr) 1 1 .500 7.50 3 2 1 1 0 0 12.0 18 10 10 1 5 6 1.917
SLB (1 yr) 14 14 .500 5.09 33 30 3 15 2 0 208.2 230 129 118 18 91 63 1.538
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/26/2013.