- C, OF, 3B, SS, 1B, 2B, P
- October 17, 1859
- 5' 10"
- 188 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-09-1880 with TRN
- Hall of Fame:
Teams Buck Ewing Managed
New York Giants, Players League (1890)
Cincinnati Reds (1895-1899)
New York Giants (1900)
Where does Buck Ewing rank among baseball greats?
Buck Ewing ranks among the Top 50 all-time at C. Rankings ?
Buck Ewing Teammates
Best Season: 1893
Ewing played the outfield in 1893 for the Cleveland Spiders. He hit .344 with 117 runs scored, 122 RBI, 28 doubles and 15 triples.
Buck Ewing is credited with laying out the design of New York's Polo Grounds.
Ewing's throwing exploits were legendary. One of his favorite tricks was to peg runners off base after he allowed a ball to squirt away from him on purpose. Ewing would pretend to fumble a ball, allowing it to trickle a few inches from his glove, and sometimes even pretend to lose sight of it, then he would wait for the runner to break from the bag and peg him with a perfect throw.
Where He Played
Catcher (636), first base (253), outfield (235), third base (127), second base (51), shortstop (34), pitcher (9).
William Ewing was born on October 17, 1859, in Hoagland, OH.
October 20, 1906, Cincinnati, OH
The nickname "Buck" reportedly was given to William Ewing when he was a teenager after a hunting conquest. He was also affectionately known as "Bread and Butter," in honor of his value in clutch situations.
His brother, John Ewing, was a pitcher who won 53 games from 1888-1891. John died at the age of 31 in 1895, from consumption or diabetes, depending on which source you believe.
When he was active, Ewing was compared to Charley Bennett, the star catcher for Detroit in the 1880s. After a few seasons, Ewing surpassed Bennett as the finest catcher of the era.
In 2000, Rockies' catcher Brent Mayne took to the mound for Colorado after his team had sent nine pitchers to the mound in 11 innings. Mayne went on to get the win for the Rockies, and became the first catcher to get a win a major league game since Ewing, in 1889.
1888 World Series
1889 World Series
In 1906, Ewing died at the age of 47, from Bright's Disease, which he had battled for three years.
In 1897, Jake Beckley moved into the first base slot where Ewing had been the previous season. Beckley had been acquired from Ewing's old team the New York Giants.
Best Strength as a Player
Largest Weakness as a Player
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