Buck Ewing (1859-1906) was regarded by contemporaries as the
greatest catcher and all-around player of his era. A lifetime
.300-hitter, he played every position on the diamond and led the
league in fielding at two different positions. The first National
League hitter to reach double digits in home runs, Ewing once stole
six bases in a game, pioneered the snap forearm throw to catch
runners napping, averaged 35 steals a season, and is the only
catcher to lead his team in stolen bases (53 in 1888).Off the
field, Ewing's personality proved as multifaceted as his playing
skills. Considered both affable and modest, he still received
criticism from fellow players for negotiating contracts directly
with the National League and was wrongly accused of faking
injuries. This revealing biography provides a detailed exploration
of Ewing's life and career, shedding new light on one of baseball's
most talented and versatile players.
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