A spitballer legally allowed to use the pitch after its banning, Russell was primarily
a reliever. He led the AL with five saves for the Yankees and Red Sox in 1919 and
with nine for the Senators in 1923. His brother, Lefty Russell, pitched in 13 games
for the A's (1910-12).
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 3, 1917: Trying to keep the Phils in the race, Grover Alexander does double duty, beating Brooklyn 6–0 and 9–3 in a Labor Day twinbill. Rube Marquard and Allan Russell try and stop Pete in the opener, while Jack Coombs and George Smith pitch in the nitecap. Milt Stock lines a homer in the opener when Zack Wheat, hampered by a sore ankle, can't reach his drive. Dode Paskert's bases loaded triple in the 2nd game is the big blow. Alex will win 30 for the 3rd straight year, with a league-leading 1.86 ERA.
»May 19, 1923: At Chicago, the Senators edge the White Sox, 6–4. Walter Johnson slams a decisive two run single in the top of the 9th, then allows three runs in the bottom of the 9th before getting relief help from Allan "Rubberarm" Russell. Johnson fans 6. Ossie Bluege homers for Washington.