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Jesse Barnes
  • One of the most durable pitchers of his era.
  • Winning pitcher in the shortest game in major league history.
  • Led the league in wins in 1919
  • Led New York Giants to two wins in the 1921 World Series win over Babe Ruth and the Yankees.
Barnes, Jesse
Inducted 2009

Born: April 26, 1892 - Perkins, OK

Died: September 9, 1961 - Santa Rosa, NM


Jesse Lawrence Barnes was one of the most accurate and successful pitchers in Major League Baseball during his 12-year career from 1915-27.  He led the National League in victories one year, threw a no-hitter and also appeared in the World Series. Barnes compiled a career record of 152-150.  He played for the Boston Braves, New York Giants and Brooklyn Robins, who would later become the Dodgers.

Career Highlights

Barnes led the National League in wins with 25 in 1919 with and owned a 2.40 earned run average that season.  During the 1921 World Series, Barnes appeared in three games for the Giants against the cross-town rival New York Yankees. He won two games in the World Series and had a no-decision in the other.  Barnes pitched a no-hitter for the Giants in May 7, 1922, against the Philadelphia Phillies and set a National League record in 1924 for the most innings pitched without a wild pitch or hit batsman.

Lifetime Stats

Barnes retired with a lifetime 3.22 earned run average and also pitched 26 shutouts.  He worked 2,570 innings and was in the Top 10 in innings pitched five times from 1917-24.  He made 422 appearances and 312 starts.  Barnes was also the winning pitcher in the shortest game in Major League Baseball history on Sept. 28, 1919, when the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-1, in just 51 minutes.  Barnes and his brother Virgil, who also pitched in the Major Leagues, grew up in the Circleville, Kansas area, and became the police chief in El Dorado for 17 years after retiring from baseball.

Click here to see Jesse's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech