This Day in Reds History: Remembering Jimmy Sheckard

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On this day in 1913, former Red Icicle Reeder died in Cincinnati at the age of 55.

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On this day in 1926, the Reds bought first baseman Wally Pipp from the New York Yankees for $7,500. Although Pipp was a solid regular, the Yankees found him expendable when they came up with a guy by the name of Lou Gehrig.

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On this day in 1947, former Red Jimmy Sheckard died in Lancaster, PA at the age of 68. Sheckard played only briefly for the Reds, but had a long, productive career as a ballplayer at the turn of the 20th century. He had a couple of tremendous seasons with Brooklyn, posting OPS+ marks of 169, 158, and 140 while playing left field. In 1901, he led the National League in triples and slugging average at the age of 22. Two years later he led the way with nine home runs and 67 stole bases. While playing with the Cubs at the age of 32, he led the league in walks, runs, and on-base percentage. He was the type of player who did most everything well, but nothing exceptionally well. Despite his success as a batter, he was still frequently called upon to sacrifice bunt, leading the league in that category twice.

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Jimmy Sheckard drew 147 walks in 1911, which was a new major league record at the time. Jack Crooks had previously held the record with 136 walks in 1892. Unfortunately, who has heard of Jack Crooks? He would make for one hellacious trivia question. Instead, who had previously held the record for most walks in a season in the modern era (1901-present) with 121? This question is still very difficult. The player was a former Red, though he only briefly played for Cincinnati.

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