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Kid Gleason
Kid Gleason 1919.jpg
Gleason in 1919
Second baseman / Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1866-10-26)October 26, 1866
Camden, New Jersey
Died: January 2, 1933(1933-01-02) (aged 66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Both Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 1888, for the Philadelphia Quakers
Last MLB appearance
August 27, 1912, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.261
Home runs15
Runs batted in824
Win–loss record138–131
Earned run average3.79
Strikeouts744
Teams
As player
As manager

William Jethro "Kid" Gleason (October 26, 1866 – January 2, 1933) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) player and manager. Gleason managed the Chicago White Sox from 1919 through 1923. His first season as a big league manager was notable for his team's appearance in the World Series and the ensuing Black Sox Scandal, although Gleason was not involved in the scandal. After leaving the White Sox, Gleason was on the coaching staff for the Philadelphia Athletics, until 1931.

Biography

Gleason was born in Camden, New Jersey. He acquired the nickname "Kid" early in life, not only because of his short stature (growing to only 5-foot-7, 155 pounds)[1] but also because of his quite energetic, youthful nature. Gleason played two seasons in the minor leagues of northern Pennsylvania. In 1886 at Williamsport of the Pennsylvania State League, he batted .355 and stole 20 bases in 36 games.[2] Gleason debuted as a pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies on April 20, 1888, enjoying several successful seasons, especially 1890 with 38 wins, before becoming a second baseman. He was the starting second baseman for the old Baltimore Orioles in 1895. Gleason compiled a .261 career batting average, retiring after the 1912 season.

With his two at-bats in one game in 1912, he became a member of a small group of men, 29 to that date, who had played major league baseball in four decades.

Gleason in 1888
Gleason in 1888

Gleason returned to the major leagues in 1913 as a coach, before becoming manager of the Chicago White Sox on December 31, 1918. In his first season, the team won the pennant but lost the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, resulting in allegations the White Sox had been paid by gamblers to "throw" the Series. The ensuing scandal resulted in lifetime bans from baseball for eight White Sox players. Gleason, however, was not involved in the gambling, and some sources noted he was among those who alerted White Sox owner Charles Comiskey of the fix. Although he felt betrayed and disappointed by his 1919 team, he continued to manage the White Sox through the 1923 season.

After leaving in 1923, Kid Gleason went on to coach under manager Connie Mack with the Philadelphia Athletics until retiring after the 1931 season.[1] Gleason won two World Series championships with the Athletics, in 1929 and 1930.

Gleason died due to a heart ailment in 1933, at the age of 66, in Philadelphia; his funeral was well attended, a testament to his popularity. He is buried in Philadelphia's Northwood Cemetery.

Gleason has been referenced in pop culture in several books, and is a prominent supporting character in Ring Lardner's 1916 novel You Know Me Al. He is portrayed by actor John Mahoney in the 1988 film Eight Men Out, based on Eliot Asinof's book of the same name.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Kid Gleason at the SABR Bio Project, by Dan Lindner, retrieved 13 December 2012
  2. ^ Kofoed, J.C. (April 19, 1916). "A Twenty-Five Year Record". Baseball Magazine (6).

External links

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