On December 15, 1900, the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds swap future Hall of Famers. The Giants reacquire 20-year-old Christy Mathewson from the Reds for 29-year-old Amos Rusie. As a rookie, Mathewson went 0-3 in six appearances for the Giants, but will win 373 games over the next 16 seasons…

Rusie, out for the past two years with arm problems, is traded to the Reds by the Giants for young Christy Mathewson. Though only 30, Rusie, a future Hall of Fame pitcher, will not have the ability that brought him eight straight 20-game seasons, and he will not add to the 245 wins he collected in nine seasons. Appearing in just three games next season, he will finish with an 0-1 record. Mathewson, 0-3 with the Giants but 20-2 with Norfolk (Virginia League), is much coveted by Cincinnati owner John T. Brush, who is currently negotiating to buy control of the Giants from the unscrupulous Andrew Freedman. Before he takes over, Brush wants Mathewson in place as a Giants starter, rather than the “pitched out” Rusie.


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