#Shortstops: Dutch Strikes Silver
Among the FL artifacts in the collection is a sterling silver trophy bat that weighs 31.5 ounces. It was given to Edward “Dutch” Zwilling – the center fielder for the Chicago Federal League club – to commemorate his being the team’s leading hitter in 1914. On the barrel of the bat is a decorative engraved lettering that is surrounded by an etched floral and leaf pattern. The engraving reads: “Edward H. Zwilling Center Fielder Chgo (Chicago) Federal League Base Ball Club Batting Average 308-1914 Season.”
Zwilling continued to play in the minor leagues for many years. He would later go on to become a successful minor league manager and a major league scout.
Matthew Carter was a curatorial intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development