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Sadie Houck

  • Series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: Philadelphia
  • Team: Athletics (AA)
  • League: American Association

Sargent Perry “Sadie” Houck (1856-1919) was a much-traveled shortstop, playing for seven teams over his eight year career. A native of Washington D. C., Houck debuted with the Boston Red Caps in 1879 and closed his playing days with the New York Metropolitans in 1887. Houck was among the first players to be blacklisted by the National League owners as management combined to assert its dominance over the then-unorganized players.

  • Houck led the American Association in fielding percentage in 1884
  • Houck’s salary as a Red Caps rookie was $600

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Jack Glasscock

  • Series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: Indianapolis
  • Team: Hoosiers (NL)
  • League: National League

John Wesley Glasscock (1857-1947) was the premier shortstop of the 19th century. Some of his records (fielding % & assists) stood until Ozzie Smith a century later. No slouch at the plate, Glasscock averaged .290 and led the NL in ’90 for the Giants.

  • In ’89, discovered the young Amos Rusie and signed him for the Hoosiers’ final season
  • Went 6 for 6 on 9/27/90 to secure the batting title over Billy Hamilton
  • One of the toughest to strikeout of his era, averaging one every 33 ABs
  • Was selected as SABR's Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2016

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Shorty Fuller

  • Series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: New York
  • Team: Giants
  • League: National League

William Benjamin Fuller (1867-1904) played shortstop for the Washington Statesmen (Senators), St Louis Browns and NY Giants from 1888-1896. For one day in 1891, Shorty‘s brother Harry joined him with the Browns for his only MLB game. Blessed with a keen eye at the plate, Shorty struck out only 198 times while receiving 444 bases on balls.

  • Fuller’s knack for walks boosted his anemic career BA of .235 to an OBP of .322
  • Fuller’s stint with the Browns included their final year in the AA (’91) and 1st in the NL in ’92
  • Washington sold Shorty to the Browns after the ’88 season for $800

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Monte Cross

  • Series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: Pittsburgh
  • Team: Pirates
  • League: National League

Montford Montgomery Cross (1869-1934) enjoyed a 15 year career primarily in Philadelphia with the Phillies and, beginning in 1902, with the AL team, the Athletics. Cross consistently ranked first or near the top in several fielding categories such as shortstop assists and put-outs.

  • Cross led the NL in strikeouts in 1901 and led the AL In the same category in 1906
  • Upon his retirement in 1907, Cross was among the oldest major leaguers at 38

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Donie Bush

  • Series: Pilgrims
  • City: Detroit
  • Team: Tigers
  • League: American League

Owen Joseph Bush (1887-1972) played in the Deadball Era instead of the Moneyball Era, hence he isn’t held in the esteem his record would enjoy today. The diminutive SS wrote the book on small ball, a keen eye enabling him to lead the league in walks five times. He hit .250 but was so adept at getting on base he was at or near the top in runs scored. Legends grow around the sluggers who drive in the runs, but Donie was out there for Cobb, Crawford and Heilmann to pick up. Equally proficient at short, Bush had a lifetime .937 fielding % and still owns the record for 425 putouts in 1914. In addition, his speed produced over 400 stolen bases.

  • “Donie” was a misprint for his real nickname, Ownie, but it stuck
  • Clark Griffith recognized managerial talent and hired Bush for the ’23 season. Bush then had the “thrill” of taking the Pirates to the ’27 Series against the Yankee bombers and being swept
  • Bush continued in baseball, compiling a 65-year career and was beloved in his home Indianapolis

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