15 March 2015

a turn of the century brooklyn triple dipper

i learned while writing the sunday morning target dodger post that (hopefully) published earlier today that jimmy sheckard (or sheckhard, if you believe the 1990 target card below)
was a member of the baltimore orioles in between stints with the brooklyn bridegrooms and superbas, and then again between stints with the superbas. that makes him a triple dipper.

[this is the ninety-third 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 jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler,  harry howellgermany smithjohnny allenmarv rackleybobo newsom, maury wills, dazzy vance, ray hayworthzack taylorjohn croninart herringbrian falkenborgbill reidy, john andersonvito tamulis, wally hood, jim bruske, bill dahlen, patsy donovanjamey wright, watty clarkandy messersmithrocky nelsonnewt kimball, and hank behrman.]

the relationship between brooklyn and baltimore brought on by ned hanlon's involvement in both teams has created a few of these situations.  in sheckard's case, he played for brooklyn in 1897 and 1989, playing in a total of 118 games.  prior to the 1899 season, he was sent to baltimore where he led the league in stolen bases with 77.  he was back in brooklyn with the team now known as the superbas for the 1900 season, and he hit an even .300 in 85 games for the league champions.

after a strong 1901 season in which he hit .354 and led the league with 19 triples, sheckard was again sent to baltimore.  however, he played in just four games for the american league version of the orioles in 1902 before he was returned to brooklyn.  this time, sheckard stuck around for four full seasons, including a good 1903 campaign in which he led the league in both home runs and stolen bases, before the superbas traded him to the cubs prior to the 1906 season.  he went on to help the cubbies win the world series in both 1907 and 1908 before ending his career in 1913 with a season split between the cardinals and the reds.

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