Buck Ewing

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Birthdate10/17/1859
Death Date10/20/1906
Debut Year1880
Year of Induction1939
Teams Giants
Position Catcher

No one received more votes in the 1st HoF election of 19th Century players than Buck Ewing. He was also among the first or his era to gain election.

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Buck Ewing's MLB debut came in 1880 with the Troy Trojans; here’s a letter from team owner Gardner Earl to HoFer William Hulbert

Buck Ewing's MLB debut came in 1880 with the Troy Trojans; here’s a letter from team owner Gardner Earl to HoFer William Hulbert

When the baseball Hall of Fame decided to vote on players from the 1800s, the top vote-getter was catcher Buck Ewing. One of the most respected players of his day, Ewing got his start in Major League Baseball in 1880 with the Troy Trojans. The owner of the club was Gardner Earl whose family made the
Buck Ewing's Hall of Fame plaque

Buck Ewing's Hall of Fame plaque

The Hall of Fame charged the Centennial Commission — Commissioner Landis, and League Presidents Ford Frick and William Harridge — to elect the best 19th century players to the Hall of Fame. The commission came up with Buck Ewing, Albert Spalding, Cap Anson, Charles Comiskey, Old Hoss Radbourn, and Candy Cummings. With a 1906 death year, Ewing signature remains elusive for even the most advanced collectors. His autograph is

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