John Ward

Monte Ward cooperstownexpert.com
Birthdate 3/3/1860
Death Date 3/4/1925
Debut Year 1878
Year of Induction 1964
Teams Dodgers, Giants, Grays, Ward's Wonders
Positions Manager, Second Base, Shortstop

John Ward was one of the greatest two-way players in baseball history; his stats include 164 wins, a 2.10 ERA and 2,107 base hits.

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John Ward was one of baseball’s best two-way players

John Ward was one of baseball’s best two-way players

John Ward played each of his 17 big league seasons before 1900. He broke in with the Providence Grays of the National League in 1878 and was used exclusively as a pitcher. A 22-game winner in his first season, Ward led the NL with a 1.51 earned run average. The following year he led the league in wi
After retiring as a player, John Ward was president of the Boston Braves

After retiring as a player, John Ward was president of the Boston Braves

John Montgomery Ward recorded 47 wins in 1879 and 164 over the course of the seven years he pithed. After switching to shortstop Ward also recorded over 2,000 hits making him on of the best two-way players in the history of the game. A trio of pieces relating to Ward appear in the collection. Ward b
In his role as team president, Ward negotiated player contracts

In his role as team president, Ward negotiated player contracts

After receiving word from Al Kaiser that the contract was unsatisfactory, John Montgomery Ward played hardball. Shown here is a file copy of Ward’s harsh response to his outfielder. It’s dated January 23, 1912. Ward writes, “In case the Boston club should ask waiver on your service
Kaiser ended up playing in four games for Ward's Braves in 1912

Kaiser ended up playing in four games for Ward's Braves in 1912

Not succumbing to John Ward’s tactic of threatening to release him, Al Kaiser plays along in this letter of January 24, 1912. “…you may send me to any place you desire…Providing I play this season I will not report for less than $300 three hundred dollars per month to any clu

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