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Duster Mails

Duster Mails
Born: (1894-10-01)October 1, 1894
San Quentin, California
Died: July 5, 1974(1974-07-05) (aged 79)
San Francisco, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 28, 1915, for the Brooklyn Robins
Last MLB appearance
April 29, 1926, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win-loss record 32-25
Earned run average 4.10
Strikeouts 232

John Walter "Duster" Mails (October 1, 1894 – July 5, 1974) born in San Quentin, California, was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Robins (1915–16), Cleveland Indians (1920–22) and St. Louis Cardinals (1925–26).

Mails pitched for three pennant winning teams—the 1916 Robins, the 1920 Indians and the 1926 Cardinals. He helped the Indians win the 1920 World Series after being acquired in a minor-league trade in August, 1920, appearing in 9 games while posting a record of 7-0 and an ERA of 1.85 as the Indians battled the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees in a tight pennant race. He pitched a 1-0 complete game shutout of Brooklyn in Game 6 of the 1920 World Series; he pitched 6.2 innings of relief in Game 3, allowing no runs, and posting a 0.00 ERA for his two Series appearances.

He appeared in only 11 games for the 1916 Robins, with a record of 0-1, and did not appear in the 1916 World Series, which the Robins lost. He appeared in only one game for the 1926 Cardinals, posting a record of 0-1, and did not pitch in the 1926 World Series, which the Cardinals won.

In seven Major League seasons he had a 32–25 Win-Loss record, 104 Games, 59 Games Started, 29 Complete Games, 5 Shutouts, 26 Games Finished, 2 Saves, 516 Innings Pitched, 554 Hits Allowed, 281 Runs Allowed, 235 Earned Runs Allowed, 27 Home Runs Allowed, 220 Walks Allowed, 232 Strikeouts, 13 Hit Batsmen, 7 Wild Pitches, 2,288 Batters Faced and a 4.10 ERA.

Mails won over 200 games in the minor leagues, primarily in the Pacific Coast League during the 1920s, posting a record of 226-210.

Duster graduated from Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento, California) and attended Saint Mary's College of California. He died in San Francisco, California, at the age of 79.


  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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