02 March 2014

broadway aleck smith double dipped

here we have a 19th century brooklyn double dipper - broadway aleck smith
[this is the fiftyeighth installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jennings, and ron negray.]

smith's 1990 target card from the dodger giveaway set is not the best, but it's all i've got of the catcher who spent the 1897 (he hit .300 as a rookie that year), 1898, and part of the 1899 season with brooklyn before moving on to the baltimore orioles.  he returned to the franchise in 1900, but appeared in only a handful of games.  i will go ahead and guess that smith's nickname came from him being a new yorker.  or, perhaps he was the joe namath of his day.  who knows - that was a long time ago.

1 comment:

Fuji said...

I think I read somewhere that this card inspired Sir Mix-A-Lot to write one his greatest songs.