Socks Seybold

Ralph Orlando "Socks" Seybold (November 23, 1870 – December 22, 1921) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played over parts of nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Athletics.[1] Known as a power hitter, Seybold set the American League record for home runs in 1902, which would not be broken until 1919. He stood at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) and weighed 200 lbs.[2]

Socks Seybold
Socks Seybold
Born: November 23, 1870
Washingtonville, Ohio
Died: December 22, 1921 (aged 51)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 20, 1899, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 1908, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.294
Home runs51
Runs batted in556
Career highlights and awards


Seybold was born in Washingtonville, Ohio.[1] He started his professional baseball career in 1892, and over the next few years he played in the Pennsylvania State League and Atlantic League.[3] In 1896, he had a breakout season, hitting .352 at Lancaster, and in 1897, he led the team to the pennant[2] by slugging a league-leading 14 home runs.[4] Seybold led the Atlantic League in homers again in 1898 and was leading in 1899 when he was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds.[2]

Seybold made his major league debut on August 20.[1] He did not hit well in Cincinnati, and returned to the minors in 1900. He led the American League in home runs, with 9.[5] Seybold then got his second shot in the majors in 1901, with the Philadelphia Athletics, and this time, he stuck. That season, he hit .334 and had a 27-game hitting streak in July and August.[2]

In 1902, Seybold batted .316 and set career-highs in home runs, with 16, and runs batted in, with 97.[1] The home run total led the league and stood as the AL record until Babe Ruth broke it in 1919.[6][7] The Athletics also won the pennant. In 1903, Seybold's batting average dipped below .300; however, his OPS+ stayed at exactly 138, and he ripped a league-leading 45 doubles.[1] Seybold continued his solid hitting from 1904 to 1907. In 1905, he played in his only World Series, which the Athletics lost to the New York Giants; Seybold went 2 for 16 at the plate.[1]

In 1908, Seybold tore some ligaments in his leg sliding into home in a pre-season game at New Orleans.[8][9] He left the team in June 1908 saying, "I feel that I cannot do myself justice. I have decided to quit for the season."[9] He later returned to the team, but struggled the rest of the year, batting just .215. He played his last major league game on October 7, 1908.[1] In December 1908, Philadelphia manager Connie Mack announced that he was releasing Seybold.[10]

Seybold then played and coached in several minor league and industrial teams for a few years.[2] In January 1909, he signed a contract to play for the Toledo Mud Hens,[11] but injuries continued to slow Seybold during the 1909 season.[12] From 1910 to 1911, he coached industrial teams in Jeanette. On April 4, 1912, he signed with the Richmond Rebels of the United States Baseball League.[13] His baseball career ended with the demise of the league in June.

At the end of July 1919, Babe Ruth equaled Seybold's American League record of 16 home runs in a season;[14] Ruth went on to hit 29 homers in 1919.[15]

Seybold was married but had no children. His wife, Wilhelmina "Minnie" Heitz, died in 1917.[2] In his later years, Seybold was employed as a steward of a social club (Fraternal Order of Eagles) in Jeannette, Pennsylvania.[16] In 1921, Seybold was driving a car when it overturned at a sharp curve on the Lincoln Highway east of Jeanette;[16] he was killed instantly.[2] He left an estate valued at $20,000.[17] Seybold was buried next to his wife at Brush Creek Cemetery in Irwin.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Socks Seybold Statistics and History". Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Altieri, Vince. "Socks Seybold". Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  3. ^ "Socks Seybold Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  4. ^ "1897 Atlantic League Batting Leaders". Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  5. ^ "1900 American League Batting Leaders". Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  6. ^ "Socks Seybold Chronology". Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  7. ^ Seymour, Harold. Baseball: The Golden Age (Oxford University Press US, 1971), p. 157.
  8. ^ Tierney, John P. Jack Coombs: A Life in Baseball (McFarland, 2008), p. 37.
  9. ^ a b "Socks Seybold Quits Baseball for Season". The Pittsburgh Press. June 18, 1908.
  10. ^ "SEYBOLD AND COLLINS RELEASED". The Christian Science Monitor. December 12, 1908.
  11. ^ "'Socks' Seybold Has Signed a Contract to Play with the Toledo Team: Heavy Hitting Outfielder Says He Is Glad to Come Here to Play the Garden". The Toledo News-Bee. January 16, 1909.
  12. ^ "'Socks' and Nill to Stay at Home". The Toledo News-Bee. June 15, 1909.
  13. ^ "Seybold signs with U. S. League: Richmond Team Will Have Famous Slugger in Line-Up This Season". Richmond Times Dispatch. April 5, 1912.
  14. ^ "Babe Ruth Has Fine Chance To Break Record: Redsox Slugger, With Sixteen Homers, Equals American League Mark Set by Socks Seybold". The Pittsburgh Press. August 1, 1919.
  15. ^ "Babe Ruth Statistics and History".
  16. ^ a b "Old Ball Player Killed: Seybold, Formerly of Athletics, Dies in Auto Accident" (PDF). The New York Times. December 23, 1921.
  17. ^ "SEYBOLD WORTH $20,000". Detroit Free Press. December 30, 1921.

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John Seybold (criminal) (1923–2005), American jewel thief who authored The Home Invaders: Confessions of a Cat Burglar under the pen name Frank Hohimer

John States Seybold (1897–1984), Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1952 to 1956

John W. Seybold (1916–2004), the father of computer typesetting

Natalie Seybold (born 1965), American former pair skater

Patricia Seybold, CEO of Patricia Seybold Group

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Wayne Seybold (born 1963), the mayor of Marion, Indiana, former pair skater representing the United States

Socks (disambiguation)

Socks are items of clothing worn on the feet.

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Jack Sock (born 1992), an American tennis player

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Socks Seybold (1870-1921), a Major League Baseball outfielder

Tony Byrne (boxer) (born 1930), an Irish boxer also known as Socks Byrne

Bert "Sock" Wysocki, a fictional character in the television series ReaperArts and entertainment:

Sock!, a 1965 album by saxophonist Gene Ammons

Socks (novel), a 1973 children's novel about a cat named Socks Bricker by Beverly Cleary

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SOCKS, an Internet protocol

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Socks Glacier, in Ross Dependency of Antarctica

The Sock, a statue in Loughborough, United Kingdom

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