Many of the distinguished pitchers and managers who had seen Rusie in action—Kid Nichols, Connie Mack, McGraw, Roger Bresnahan, Hughie Jennings—often referred to him as the finest of all fastball pitchers. Even Lou Criger, who was Cy Young's battery mate, called Rusie the best. And Duke Farrell, the longtime catcher for the Giants and one of the best of his era, said of his former teammate, "Few will ever approach him. What a star he was! I have seen scores of them come and go, but none inspired the terror in a batman's heart that was put there by Amos Rusie."