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 daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike maddux, jon garland, chan ho park, vicente romo, gene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moeller, dioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirley, randy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaver, ted sizemore, orel hershiser, tom goodwin, joe ferguson, eddie murray, matt luke, ken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grote, don sutton, ralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessens, guillermo mota, joe beckwith, jamie hoffmann, babe herman, joe medwick, juan castro, ron perranoski, clyde king, paul waner, hughie 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.