Bobby Wallace began in the major leagues as a pitcher in 1894 with the Cleveland Spiders of the National League, and later played 3rd base and the outfield. But 1899, he switched to shortstop, and quickly became the greatest defensive shortstop of his era, earning him the nickname “Mr. Shortstop”. He played for 25 seasons with the Spiders (1894-98), St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals (1899-1901 & 1917-18), and the team with which he is most associated; the St. Louis Browns AL (1902-16). During his long career he totaled 2309 hits, 1121 RBIs, 391 2Bs, 143 3Bs, 201 SBs and hit .268. He was usually among the league leaders in many offensive and especially defensive categories.
He was elected to Cooperstown via Veteran’s Committee in 1953.
April 24, 2015