Bug Holliday

James Wear "Bug" Holliday (February 8, 1867 – February 15, 1910) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball for ten seasons, in the 1885 World Series and from 1889 through 1898. He is the first player to make his major league debut in post-season play, with the Chicago White Stockings in 1885. He played the rest of his career with the Cincinnati Reds, both when they were in the American Association and in the National League. He twice led the league in home runs, and was among the leaders in various other offensive categories throughout his career. After his playing career was over, he was an umpire for one season.

Bug Holliday
Bug Holliday
Outfielder
Born: February 8, 1867
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: February 15, 1910 (aged 43)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 17, 1885, for the Chicago White Stockings
Last MLB appearance
June 30, 1898, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.312
Home runs65
Runs batted in621
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Career

Holliday was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and became the first player in major league history to make his debut in the post-season when he was called up, at the age of 18, by the Chicago White Stockings when they needed another outfielder for Game 4 of the 1885 World Series.[1] He played in one game, and had no hits in four at bats.[2] The distinction has since been matched by Mark Kiger, who played in the 2006 American League Championship Series for the Oakland Athletics as a defensive replacement, and Adalberto Mondesí, pinch-hitting for Luke Hochevar in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series for the Kansas City Royals.

Holliday made his regular-season major league debut in 1889 for the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association.[3] In his first season with the Red Stockings, he led the league in home runs with 19, while finishing in the top ten in many offensive categories. He was fifth in batting average with .321, fifth in runs batted in (RBIs) with 104, third in hits with 181, and ninth in doubles with 28.[2]

Before the 1890 season, the Red Stockings transferred their team over to the National League and officially became the Reds.[2] Holliday picked up where he left off the previous season, with an opening day home run off Bill Hutchinson in a 5–4 loss to the Chicago Colts.[4] But after that, his season's power numbers dropped significantly, as he hit only four home runs, tallied 75 RBIs, and had a .270 batting average.

He bounced back the following season, when he hit nine home runs, which was fourth in the league, batted .319 to finish second in the league, and totaled 84 RBIs, which was ninth.[2] He followed the 1891 campaign with an even better 1892 season, when he played in 153 games, batted 602 times, scored 114 runs, and tripled 16 times, all career highs. He also claimed his second home run title that season, with 13, and finished in the top ten with 176 hits as well.[2]

Both 1893 and 1894 saw Holliday continue his batting production; although his home runs dipped to five in 1893, he still batted .310, totaled 84 RBIs, and scored 108 runs. But statistically, 1894 was his greatest season, when his .372 batting average was his career high, as well as his 119 runs scored, 190 hits, 119 RBIs, .420 on-base percentage and .523 slugging percentage.[2]

During the first six years of his career, he slugged 63 home runs, which was second to only Roger Connor during the same span; but in 1895 he had an appendectomy, and was never the same player after that. In his last four seasons he was never more than a part-time player.[1]

Post-career

When Holliday's baseball career was over, he was a National League umpire for the 1903 season, officiating in 53 games that season.[3] He was involved in one incident in which Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jack Morrissey became engaged in words, which led to Wagner being surrounded by other Reds players. Holliday ejected Wagner from the game to quell the possibility of an altercation on the field.[5]

He continued to live in Cincinnati, and worked in a pool room while also covering horse racing for a local newspaper. He died at the age of 43 in Cincinnati of gangrene of foot and leg,[6] and is interred at Spring Grove Cemetery, also in Cincinnati.[3] The New York Times reported his illness on February 3, 1910, and as a result, Reds manager Clark Griffith ordered all of the Cincinnati players to be vaccinated before they left for training camp.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Nemec, David; Dave Zeman (2004). The Baseball Rookies Encyclopedia. Brassley's. p. 40. ISBN 1-57488-670-3.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Bug Holliday's career stats". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  3. ^ a b c "Bug Holliday's career stats". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  4. ^ "Charlton's Baseball Chronology – 1890". baseballlibrary.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  5. ^ Hittner, Arthur D. (2003). Honus Wagner: The Life of Baseball's "Flying Dutchman". McFarland. pp. 111–12. ISBN 0-7864-1811-7.
  6. ^ "The Dead Ball Era: Too Young To Die". thedeadballera.com. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  7. ^ "Baseball Notes" (PDF). The New York Times, Feb. 3, 1910. February 3, 1910. Retrieved 2008-06-25.

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Preceded by
Long John Reilly
American Association Home Run Champion
1889
(with Harry Stovey)
Succeeded by
Count Campau
1889 Cincinnati Red Stockings season

The 1889 Cincinnati Red Stockings season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in fourth place in the American Association with a record of 76–63, 18 games behind the Brooklyn Bridegrooms.

1890 Cincinnati Reds season

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1891 Cincinnati Reds season

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After several failures and reorganizations, the most notable version of the league was organized by Ban Johnson on November 20, 1893. In 1900, the league was renamed the American League, and declared its major league status in 1901 against the older National League of 1876, which was centered in the American Northeast states.

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