Harry Steinfeldt

Harry M. Steinfeldt (September 29, 1875 – August 17, 1914) was an American professional baseball player. A third baseman, Steinfeldt played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, and Boston Rustlers. He batted and threw right-handed.

Steinfeldt was the starting third baseman for the Cubs in the final game of the 1908 World Series, the team's last championship until their victory in 2016. He was the fourth infielder on a team that gained fame for a double-play combination of "Tinker to Evers to Chance."

Harry Steinfeldt
Harry Steinfeldt
Third baseman
Born: September 29, 1875
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: August 17, 1914 (aged 36)
Bellevue, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 22, 1898, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 1, 1911, for the Boston Rustlers
MLB statistics
Batting average.267
Hits1576
Runs batted in762
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Steinfeldt was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 29, 1877, to German immigrants. His family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when he was five years old. He initially pursued a theatrical career.[1]

Career

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Harry Steinfeldt's 1911 baseball card

While touring Texas in a minstrel show, Steinfeldt played baseball in a town where his show was performing.[1] His success at baseball led him to sign his first professional contract, debuting in minor league baseball with the Houston Magnolias/Mudcats of the Class B Texas-Southern League in 1895. The next year, he played for the Galveston Sandcrabs and Fort Worth Panthers of the Class C Texas Association. In 1897, Steinfeldt played for the Detroit Tigers of the Class A Western League.[1]

In October 1897, the Cincinnati Reds of the National League (NL) purchased Steinfeldt from Detroit. Debuting in the major leagues for the Reds in 1898, he filled in for Bid McPhee, Tommy Corcoran, and Charlie Irwin as a utility infielder. When the Reds released Irwin during the 1901 season, Steinfeldt became the Reds' starting third baseman.[1] He led the NL in doubles in 1903 with 32.[2]

On October 24, 1905, the Reds traded Steinfeldt, with Jimmy Sebring, to the Chicago Cubs for Jake Weimer.[3] He led the NL in hits in 1906 with 176 and tied with Jim Nealon for most runs batted in (RBIs) with 83. His .327 batting average finished second, behind Honus Wagner (.339).[4]

Steinfeldt set a major league record with three sacrifice flies in a game in 1909. Ernie Banks tied the record in 1961.[5]

Steinfeldt is the only member of the Cubs' infield, which also included Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, who was left out of Franklin Pierce Adams' famous poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon".[6]

On April 5, 1911, the St. Paul Saints of the American Association purchased Steinfeldt from the Cubs.[7] On May 25, 1911, St. Paul traded Steinfeldt to the Boston Rustlers for Art Butler and Josh Clarke.[8] Steinfeldt fell ill in July 1911, leaving the team.[9] It was later identified as a nervous breakdown.[1] The Rustlers released Steinfeldt after the season.

In 1912, Steinfeldt returned to minor league baseball. He managed the Cincinnati Pippins of the United States Baseball League, but the league folded in midseason.[1] He also played for the Louisville Colonels of the American Association, but was released in May.[10] In June, he became the manager of the Meriden Metropolitans of the Cotton States League.[11]

Death

Steinfeldt died in Bellevue, Kentucky in 1914 after a long illness, at the age of 36. He is interred at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.[12] The death certificate indicates that he died of a cerebral hemorrhage.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Harry Steinfeldt". Society of American Baseball Research. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  2. ^ "1903 National League Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  3. ^ The Pittsburgh Press via Google News Archive Search
  4. ^ "1906 National League Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  5. ^ The Miami News via Google News Archive Search
  6. ^ Weir, Tom (September 3, 1999). "Harry, we hardly knew ye Steinfeldt tops list of game's unsung heroes". USA Today. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  7. ^ The Milwaukee Sentinel via Google News Archive Search
  8. ^ "Steinfeldt To Be A Rustler". Boston Daily Globe. May 26, 1911. Retrieved September 22, 2012. (subscription required)
  9. ^ The Milwaukee Sentinel via Google News Archive Search
  10. ^ [ Displaying Abstract] (2012-06-10). "Harry Steinfeldt Released". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  11. ^ "Harry Steinfeldt to Manage Meridian". The Atlanta Constitution. 1912-06-21. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  12. ^ "Steinfeldt Is Dead". The Washington Times. August 18, 1914.
  13. ^ http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/c1dc8fd5

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1901 Cincinnati Reds season

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1902 Cincinnati Reds season

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1906 Chicago Cubs season

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In a major upset, the Cubs were beaten by the Chicago White Sox in the 1906 World Series.

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The Cubs came back strong from their shocking loss in the 1906 World Series. The Tigers' young star Ty Cobb came into the Series with the first of his many league batting championships. With pitching dominance over the Tigers and Cobb, the Cubs allowed only three runs in the four games they won, while stealing 18 bases off the rattled Tigers.

Tigers pitcher "Wild Bill" Donovan struck out twelve Cubs in Game 1. Although that matched Ed Walsh's total in Game 3 against the Cubs in 1906, it was across twelve innings. Donovan struck out just ten Cubs in the first nine innings of the game.

1908 Chicago Cubs season

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This team included four future Hall of Famers: manager / first baseman Frank Chance, second baseman Johnny Evers, shortstop Joe Tinker, and pitcher Mordecai Brown. In 1908, Brown finished second in the NL in wins and ERA. This would be the last World Series victory for the Cubs until the 2016 World Series.

1909 Chicago Cubs season

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1911 Boston Rustlers season

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Jake Weimer

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Weimer was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. He toiled for eight years in the minor leagues, before becoming one of the top left-handers in baseball.In a seven-season career, Weimer posted a 97–69 record with 657 strikeouts and a 2.23 ERA in 1472-2/3 innings pitched. His career ERA ranks 14th all-time, 10th among post-1900 pitchers.

Weimer emerged as one of the Chicago Cubs' top starting pitchers in the first part of 20th century. He went 21–9 with a 2.30 ERA in his 1903 rookie season and 20–14 with 1.91 in his sophomore year. After going 18–12 with 2.26 in 1905, he was sent to the Cincinnati Reds for third baseman Harry Steinfeldt and Jimmy Sebring before 1906. In a trade that benefited both teams, Steinfeld hit .327 to lead the Cubs to their first World Series and Weimer won 20 games for Cincinnati, but eventually faded and was sent to the New York Giants after two subpar seasons. He played his final game with the Giants in 1909.

Weimer died in Chicago, at the age of 54.

Joe Nealon

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Texas-Southern League

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The 1888 league had five teams: the Dallas Hams, Galveston Giants, Houston Babies, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Missionaries. Dallas was the league champion. Notable players included George Stallings, Bill Joyce, Warren Wallace Beckwith and George Bradley, among others, played in the league that season.

The 1897 league consisted of eight teams: the Dallas Steers, Fort Worth Panthers, Galveston Sand Crabs, Sherman Orphans, Shreveport Grays, Austin Senators, Houston Magnolias and San Antonio Missionaries. Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Shreveport disbanded on August 6. First-place finisher Dallas faced second-place finisher Fort Worth in the playoffs, which was initially set to be a 15-game series but ended after game 13 with Fort Worth leading Dallas seven games to six. Fort Worth was declared the champion several months later. Notably, Ice Box Chamberlain and Harry Steinfeldt played in the league that season.

Sources indicate that a league played by that name in 1881 and 1897, though information about those leagues, if they existed at all, is sparse.

Texas Association

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The initial Texas Association consisted of six teams - the Austin Senators, Dallas Navigators, Denison Tigers, Fort Worth Panthers, Galveston Sandcrabs, Houston Buffaloes, San Antonio Missionaries and Sherman Students. The Students disbanded in June and were replaced by the Paris Midlands, a semi-professional team. Denison, Fort Worth, Dallas and Paris disbanded on August 2. Houston finished in first place and beat second-place finisher Galveston in the playoffs to win the league championship. Notable players in the league that year include Kid Elberfeld, Warren Wallace Beckwith and Harry Steinfeldt.

The league ceased operations following the 1896 season, but returned in 1923 with a six-team format. The Austin Rangers, Corsicana Oilers, Marlin Bathers, Mexia Gushers, Sherman-Denison Twins and Waco Indians made up the league that year, with Mexia finishing first in the league. Despite Mexia's first-place finish, it was second- and third-place finishers Austin and Sherman, respectively, that played in the playoffs, which ended in a tie.

The Sherman-Denison squad did not return for 1924 and was replaced by the Temple Surgeons. All other teams returned. Corsicana finished in first place and Temple in last. No playoffs were held that season. Jack Smith, who spent 15 seasons in Major League Baseball, played for the Marlin squad that season.For 1925, the Austin Rangers became the Austin Senators, while the Waco club did not return - it was replaced by the Terrell Terrors. All other teams returned. On May 13, Marlin moved to Palestine to become the Palestine Pals. With an 85-48 record, Corsicana finished in first place that season. Minor league legend Smead Jolley played for Corsicana that year, while 12-year major league veteran Boom-Boom Beck suited up for the Marlin/Palestine club. 1926 was the final year of the Texas Association. All six teams returned from the previous year. Austin finished in first place, but lost in the playoffs three games to zero to second-place finisher Palestine.

No effort was made to bring the league back for 1927. Palestine, Mexia and Corsicana moved to the Lone Star League, while Austin, Terrell and Temple ceased operations. Professional baseball would return to Austin in 1956, but Terrell and Temple have yet to field another team.

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