Buck Ewing Celebrity Life and Background CheckBuck Ewing was a baseball player in the 19th century and is still considered to be one of the best in the world. He was trained for the position of the catcher, but that does not mean he could not perform in any of the nine positions. He was born in Hoagland Ohio on 17th October 1859.
"Troy Trojans" was the name of the baseball team he first joined. However, it was only after he had joined the New York Gothams that he became famous. In the year 1883 as a member of the New York Gothams, he hit 10 home runs. It was a unique feat and it was the last time he did that. This feat can be best explained when compared to teammate Roger Connor.
Roger Connor hit only one home run that season and he held the record for the most home runs hit till Babe Ruth broke it. Many of you might not have heard of New York Gothams. It has changed its name to the New York Giants. The era he played in had given more importance to triples than to home runs. But there were many reasons for this. First, during that period, the parks were much bigger. Also, you must understand the quality of the ball used then was different.
Ewing defensive skills were considered exceptional. In fact, when John Foster considered Ewing to be the best thrower to bases. He went further to say that at best there can be ten people who can throw a ball to the bases as good as Ewing.
The best season he had 1893 when he played with the Spiders. That season he hit 6 home runs, RBI of 122, hit 117 runs and stole 47 bases. He did this while batting with an average of 344.
Formation of the Player’s LeagueA player's revolt in 1890 led to the formation of the Player’s League. During that period Ewing was a part of the New York Franchise. He did this both as to its star player and its manager. The fact that he took part in the player’s League might have been the reason that Ewing had seen limited play the following year. That might also be the reason why he decided to leave the Giants in 1893.
Ewing injured his throwing arm during a cold exhibition in 1892. That injury put an end to his career as a catcher. In fact, he played the rest of his baseball career as a first baseman. He did return to the Giants in 1900 as its manager but was replaced by George Davis during the middle of the season. That was the last season of his pro-baseball career. At the time of his retirement, he had an average of 0.303. Also, he was respected by most of the observers of his time. Many of them considered him to be one of the elite all-around players of all time.
Post CareerAfter the Giants, he retired to Cincinnati and started to coach a prep team. He was considered to be a wealthy man thanks to the many investments he made in real estate in the West. However, he died in 1906 at the age of 47. This was thanks to a combination of Bright’s disease and diabetes. He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of fame in 1939.
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