Grave Story: Eddie Collins Jr. (1916-2000)

Here lies Eddie Collins Jr., the son of one baseball Hall of Famer and the son-in-law of another. Being related to two baseball greats is a tall order for a ballplayer, but he made a name for himself both in and outside of baseball. Collins played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1939 and 1941-42. Edward … Continue reading Grave Story: Eddie Collins Jr. (1916-2000)

Grave Story: Shoeless Joe Jackson (1887-1951)

It’s time to talk about one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. And while much of Shoeless Joe Jackson’s life is still the subject of debate and misconception, I think baseball fans can at least agree on that much. Jackson played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1908-09), Cleveland Naps/Indians (1910-15) and Chicago White Sox (1915-20). … Continue reading Grave Story: Shoeless Joe Jackson (1887-1951)

Grave Story: Jerry McQuaig (1912-2001)

Georgia native Jerry McQuaig rose to prominence as a star football player for Mercer University. The sport where he made his professional debut was baseball, however. McQuaig debuted with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1934 before a brief career in the minor leagues and a much longer career in the world of amateur Georgia ball. Gerald … Continue reading Grave Story: Jerry McQuaig (1912-2001)

Grave Story: Ralph Sharman (1895-1918)

Here lies Ralph Sharman, who briefly reached the major leagues with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1917. About eight months after making his major-league debut, he died in a training accident while in the Army. Ralph Edward Sharman was born in Cleveland on April 11, 1895. His parents, John and Hannah Sharman, had emigrated from England … Continue reading Grave Story: Ralph Sharman (1895-1918)

Grave Story: Frank Bancroft (1846-1921)

Here lies Frank Bancroft, who managed seven different teams in his career, including one of the most remarkable teams of the 19th Century. He also became a successful business manager who instituted several baseball traditions we still hold dear. Bancroft managed the Worcester Ruby Legs (1880), Detroit Wolverines (1881-82), Cleveland Blues (1883), Providence Grays (1884-85), … Continue reading Grave Story: Frank Bancroft (1846-1921)