By Roy Kerr

greenback Ewing (1859–1906) was once appeared through contemporaries because the maximum catcher and all-around participant of his period. an entire life .300-hitter, he performed each place at the diamond and led the league in fielding at various positions. the 1st nationwide League hitter to arrive double digits in domestic runs, Ewing as soon as stole six bases in a online game, pioneered the snap forearm throw to seize runners drowsing, averaged 35 steals a season, and is the single catcher to guide his workforce in stolen bases (53 in 1888).
Off the sphere, Ewing’s character proved as multifaceted as his enjoying talents. thought of either affable and modest, he nonetheless bought feedback from fellow gamers for negotiating contracts at once with the nationwide League and was once wrongly accused of faking accidents. This revealing biography offers a close exploration of Ewing’s lifestyles and occupation, laying off new mild on one in every of baseball’s so much proficient and flexible players.

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