A Baseball Biography
About the Book
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.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 39 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
Table of Contents
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
Book Reviews & Awards
“offers a valuable picture of the evolution of our national pastime”—Library Journal.