Ewing, Buck

William Ewing
Born: October 17, 1859, Hoagland, Ohio
Died: October 20, 1906, Cincinnati, Ohio
Played For: 
Troy Trojans (1880-1882), New York Gothams, Mutuals, Giants (1883-1889, 1891-1892), New York Giants, Players League (1890), Cleveland Spiders (1893-1894), Cincinnati Reds (1895-1897)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1939

The first catcher ever elected to the Hall of Fame, Buck Ewing was as complete a ballplayer as there was in the 19th century. A steady performer defensively and with the bat, he hit over .300 in 10 of his 15 full Major League campaigns, compiling a .311 career average. His remarkable arm enabled him to throw out runners without rising from his crouch position behind the plate. Ewing captained the New York Giants to the club's first world championships in 1888 and '89.

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Did You Know: 
that Buck Ewing was the first Major League player to hit 10 home runs in a single season, reaching the mark in 1883 for the New York Gothams?
In his prime, [he was] the greatest player of the game from the standpoint of supreme excellence in all departments: batting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing and baseball brains. A player without a weakness of any kind.
Reach Guide, 1919