Hod Eller Essentials

Bats: R Throws: R
71 Weight: 185
Born: 7 5, 1894 in Muncie, IN USA
Died: 7 18 1961 in Indianapolis, IN USA
Debut: 4/16/1917
Last Game: 9/15/1921
Full Name: Horace Owen Eller

Hod Eller was a pitcher for the Reds who was an expert of the shine ball, a pitch that was legal in the late teens. He debuted in 1917 pitching to a 10-5 record with a 2.36 ERA. In 1918 he had a 16-12 record with a 2.36 ERA.

In 1919 Eller had a 19-9 record and a 2.39 ERA. Eller went 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA while batting 2 for 7 in the World Series. Eller told manager Pat Moran during the Series he was offered 10 grand to throw a game “I told him to get out of my sight quick, or I’d punch him right square on the nose,” After the season odd pitches like the spitball shineball and emoryball were banned but unlike the others only the spitballers were allowed to continue to use their pitch.

In 1920 without the shineball he pitched with a 13-12 record and a 2.95 ERA. In 1921 he went 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA. It was his last action in the majors and he was soon getting roughed up even at the low levels of the minors within only 5 years of pitching well in the World Series. In his later years he worked as a policeman, truck driver and security guard. Hod Eller died in 1961.