Beginning his career in 1878 with the Providence Grays as a pitcher who occasionally played the field, by 1885 he had abandoned pitching entirely and would spend another ten years playing shortstop and second base for the New York Gothams (Giants) and Brooklyn Grooms (Dodgers). He remains the only man in the history of baseball to have over 100 wins and 2,000 hits. In 1890 he was one of the organizers of the Player’s League, a renegade league that broke off from established baseball in an attempt to give the players more negotiating power. That season he played and managed the Brooklyn Ward’s Wonders.
Later in life Ward would use his law degree to help ballplayers try to organize against the unfair labor practices of the National League.
August 28, 2010