John Ward

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 Montgomery Ward’s lifetime stats of 164 wins, a 2.10 ERA and 2,107 base hits make him on of the best two-way players in baseball history.

 

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1912 handwritten letter to John Montgomery Ward

1912 handwritten letter to John Montgomery Ward

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 near-impossible autograph to obtain, his signature is absent fro
John Montgomery Ward's response to Al Kaiser

John Montgomery Ward's response to Al Kaiser

After receiving word from Al Kaiser that the contract was unsatisfactory, John Montgomery Ward played hardball in with his outfielder, sending a harsh response. A file copy of that response of January 23, 1912 is shown here. In it Ward writes, “In case the Boston club should ask waiver on your
Al Kaiser plays along with John Montgomery Ward

Al Kaiser plays along with John Montgomery Ward

Not succumbing to John Montgomery 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

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