Dutch Leonard was not regarded well by his contemporaries. The opening paragraph of his SABR biography
(by David Jones) reads:
A hard-throwing, spectacularly talented left-hander who posted the best single-season earned run average in American League history in 1914,
Dutch Leonard was also one of the Deadball Era’s most controversial figures. At nearly every stop along his journey in professional baseball,
Leonard feuded with management over his salary, and at one point was even suspended from organized baseball for nearly three years for
refusing to report for work. Regarded as a selfish, cowardly player by many of his contemporaries, Leonard frittered away much of his major
league career, alternating periods of brilliance with long bouts of inertia. “As a pitcher, he was gutless,” Hall of Fame umpire Billy Evans once
declared. “We umpires had no respect for Leonard, for he whined on every pitch called against him.” After exiting the game in 1925, Leonard
touched off one of the biggest scandals in baseball history when he accused Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker of conspiring to throw a baseball game
in 1919. Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis dismissed the charges, and Leonard retired to his California ranch, where he earned millions
of dollars growing grapes.
He did not play in 1922, 1923, and in only nine games in 1924. This suspension was after his six-year Red Sox career. He won one game in each of the 1915 and 1916 World Series.