Each day leading up to the start of the Major League Baseball season, I will ask a baseball-related trivia question. It’s spring training for the baseball minds, if you will. Feel free to chime in with your answers or if you have a good question you think might get baseball fans looking at old cards or surfing the Internet for the answer, feel free to offer it up.
This week’s theme is catchers.
Let’s get to the answer from Tuesday’s question.
Q: Who was the first catcher inducted into the Hall of Fame?
In 1939, the veterans committee voted Buck Ewing into the Hall of Fame, making him the first catcher to be inducted.
Considered the best catcher of his era and one of the best players of the 19th century, Ewing played professional baseball from 1880-1897 for four different franchises — the Troy Trojans, the New York Gothams/Giants, the Cleveland Spiders and the Cincinnati Reds. He finished his career with a .303 average, 71 home runs and 883 RBI. Primarily a catcher, Ewing played all nine positions and stole 354 bases. He hit .300 or better 10 times.
His defense equally solid.
Writing in the 1938 Spalding Guide, John Foster said of Ewing, “As a thrower to bases Ewing never had a superior, and there are not to exceed ten men who could come anywhere near being equal to him. Ewing was the man of whom it was said, ‘He handed the ball to the second baseman from the batter’s box.’”
The first catcher to be voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America was Mickey Cochrance in 1947.
Now, let’s move on to Wednesday’s question.
Q: Who is the only Hall of Fame catcher to be born in Missouri?
Check back Thursday for the answer.