Though Ruether had a reputation as a troublemaker, in 1919 his .760 winning percentage
(19-6) for the Reds was the NL's best. The lefthander beat the Black Sox in Game
One of the 1919 WS. One of the better-hitting pitchers in the game (.258, 7 HR, 111
RBI), Ruether ranks fifth all-time in pinch hits by a pitcher (34).
He went 13-6
as the fourth starter on the great 1927 Yankee club. He should have learned a lesson
from Wally Pipp's experience with Lou Gehrig. One day Ruether was too ill to pitch,
and lost his job to George Pipgras.