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Buck Ewing: A Baseball Biography

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Buck Ewing (1859-1906) was regarded by contemporaries as the greatest catcher and all-around player of his era. A lifetime .300-hitter, he played every position on the diamond and led the league in fielding at two different positions. The first National League hitter to reach double digits in home runs, Ewing once stole six bases in a game, pioneered the snap forearm throw to catch runners napping, averaged 35 steals a season, and is the only catcher to lead his team in stolen ...

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Overview

Buck Ewing (1859-1906) was regarded by contemporaries as the greatest catcher and all-around player of his era. A lifetime .300-hitter, he played every position on the diamond and led the league in fielding at two different positions. The first National League hitter to reach double digits in home runs, Ewing once stole six bases in a game, pioneered the snap forearm throw to catch runners napping, averaged 35 steals a season, and is the only catcher to lead his team in stolen bases (53 in 1888).

Off the field, Ewing's personality proved as multifaceted as his playing skills. Considered both affable and modest, he still received criticism from fellow players for negotiating contracts directly with the National League and was wrongly accused of faking injuries. This revealing biography provides a detailed exploration of Ewing's life and career, shedding new light on one of baseball's most talented and versatile players.

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Buck Ewing, who played in the big leagues from 1880 to 1897, is rarely in the mix in debates about baseball's greatest catchers, but Kerr, a retired professor of Spanish-turned-baseball historian, presents a firm case that Ewing should be included. One of the first to popularize the catcher's snap throw and to wear a fully padded mitt, Ewing posted a lifetime batting average of .303, once led his deadball era league in home runs, played every position at one time or another, managed, and is a Hall of Famer. Because of the span of Ewing's major-league playing career, his biography also offers a valuable picture of the evolution of our national pastime. This may be passed over by casual fans, but baseball scholars will find it valuable. For all large baseball collections.—J.B.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786469482
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Kerr, a retired professor of Spanish and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), lives in Lakeland, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

1 The Cincinnati Kid: 1859-1879 3

2 Trojans and Gothams: 1880-1884 22

3 One of a Kind 50

4 The Giants of New York: 1885-1889 74

5 Fallen Idol: 1890-1892 106

6 Spiders and Reds: 1893-1899 138

7 The Last Hurrah: 1900-1906 163

8 Epilogue: Buck Ewing's Place in Baseball History 178

Appendix A "Ins and Outs of Baseball" by William Ewing (1891) 185

Appendix B Buck Ewing's Major League Offensive Statistics 190

Chapter Notes 191

Bibliography 199

Index 203

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