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Jimmy Sheckard

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Jimmy Sheckard
Left fielder
Born: (1878-11-23)November 23, 1878
Chanceford Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: January 15, 1947(1947-01-15) (aged 68)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1897, for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1913, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.274
Home runs56
Runs batted in813
Stolen bases465
Career highlights and awards

Samuel James Tilden Sheckard (November 23, 1878 – January 15, 1947) was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms/Superbas (1897–98, 1900–01, 1902–05), Baltimore Orioles (NL) (1899), Baltimore Orioles (AL) (1902), Chicago Cubs (1906–12), St. Louis Cardinals (1913) and Cincinnati Reds (1913).

Sheckard was the Chicago Cubs' leadoff batter for the final game of the 1908 World Series. His team played in four World Series in a five-year span from 1906-1910.


Sheckard photographed by Charles M. Conlon in 1913

Sheckard was born in Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He enjoyed a great 1901 season with the Superbas, hitting .353 with 11 home runs and 104 runs batted in, and leading the league with 19 triples and a .534 slugging average. In that season Sheckard became the first and so far only player to hit inside the park grand slams in two consecutive games.[1]

With Baltimore in 1899, Sheckard led the league with 77 stolen bases. He played in four World Series with the Cubs, winning championships in 1907 and 1908; and he led the league in 1911 with 121 runs and 147 walks – a major league record until broken by Babe Ruth in 1920, and still a team record.

Sheckard also had the dubious distinction of going hitless in 21 at-bats in the 1906 World Series, won by the Chicago White Sox over the Cubs.

Sheckard was the first player to lead the league in homers and steals in the same season (1903). Ty Cobb (1909) and Chuck Klein (1932) are the only other players to do so in the majors.

Sheckard was also a good outfielder. He holds the all-time single season major league record for double plays at two separate positions. His 12 double plays as a left fielder in 1911 for the Cubs are two more than any other left fielder in history. In 1899, while playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Sheckard played right field and set the record for double plays by a right fielder with 14. See related article on all time double play leaders.

After the 1913 season, Sheckard retired. When the Reds traded Joe Tinker, creating a managerial vacancy, Sheckard warned that Tinker's replacement would have a tough job ahead. "No matter who gets Tinker's place, the new manager will have to get rid of the 'knockers' on that club before he can hope to succeed. There is no chance to win with players who think more of their own records than they do of the success of the club."[2]

In his 17-year career, Sheckard hit .274, with 56 home runs, 813 RBI, 1296 runs, 354 doubles, 136 triples, and 465 stolen bases in 2122 games played. In 1911, he set the single season record for walks with 147 before it was broken by Babe Ruth in 1920. He is one of only four players in the modern era (1900-present) to hold this record along with Ruth, Jack Crooks, and Barry Bonds.[3] Sheckard is also the all-time leader among left fielders in assists, with 243.[4]

Sheckard died at age 68 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from injuries suffered when he was struck by a motorist while walking to work along a highway.


  • Twice led league in stolen bases (1899, 1903)
  • Led league in home runs (1903)
  • Led league in runs (1911)
  • Led league in triples (1901)
  • Led league times on base (1911)

See also


  1. ^ "Back-to-Back Slam Days". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. ^ Russo, Frank (2014). The Cooperstown Chronicles: Baseball's Colorful Characters, Unusual Lives, and Strange Demises. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 123–24. ISBN 978-1-4422-3639-4.
  3. ^ "Progressive Leaders & Records for Bases on Balls".
  4. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Assists as LF (s.1901)".

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