Buck Ewing’s lifetime statistics don’t seem overly impressive at first glance, until one realizes that his entire 17-year career took place prior to the 20th century, when a season was considerably shorter. Never once playing in more than 116 games in a year, Ewing debuted with the Troy Trojans in 1880 and would play for them and their descendent, the New York Gothams, until 1889. After jumping to the Player’s League for a season, he returned to the Gothams in 1891 before finishing his career with Cleveland and Cincinnati. Although he only had 1625 hits, he did retire with a lifetime batting average of .303. Commonly regarded as one of the best all-around players of his day, Ewing became the first catcher elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939.
Ewing led the league in home runs during the 1883 campaign, with ten. It was the first time in baseball history a player had made it to double digits.
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