Half-Baked Hall Profile: Jack Glasscock

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Jack Glasscock 1857-1947

Shortstop, Second Base

Cleveland Blues 1879-1884
Cincinnati Outlaw Reds 1884St. Louis Maroons 1885-1886
Indianapolis Hoosiers 1887-1889
New York Giants 1890-1891
St. Louis Browns 1892-1893
Pittsburgh Pirates 1893-1894
Louisville Colonels 1895
Washington Senators 1895

Quote: “…one of the greatest players from a fielding standpoint the game has ever known” – Al Spink

Nickname: Pebbly Jack

Real Name: John Wesley Glasscock

HOF Facial Hair: Yes

Career WAR: 61.9

Best Season: 1890 .336/.395/.439/.834 137 OPS+ 172 H 32 2B 9 3B 8 K

Known For: The “King of the Shortstops” was one of the best defenders of his era, and possibly should be in the conversation of greatest ever. Difficult to strikeout.

The Bad: Could be belligerent to umpires, particularly during his short stint as player-manager with Indianapolis.

In my day we used our bare hands: Played most of his career during the bare-handed era. Had significant trouble adjusting to the glove he used later in his career.

Pebbly Jack: Earned his nickname by keeping an immaculate field around the shortstop position. He would inspect the field carefully for pebbles, and would generally pocket those he found, helping to avoid some of the bad hops that caused errors for other fielders.

Rewriting the defensive record book: Glasscock ended his career as the major league leader for shortstops in putouts, assists, total chances, double plays, and fielding percentage.

WGOM Voter Comments:

“If Dave Orr is the Prince Fielder of his day, Glasscock is the Ozzie Smith of his day. A competent hitter, whose stats as a batter would have landed him on the ballot. What excites me is his brilliance at shortstop, which is well-documented, not just by WAR, but also by sportswriters at the time. The Sporting News said that his contemporaries considered him the best shortstop ever.” – Beau

“From the August 1, 1896 Saint Paul Globe:

Tuesday Jack Glasscock, who was on the coaching line, informed Umpire Strouthers that he thought he was rotten. “That will cost you five,” replied the umpire. “I said you were rotten,” said Glasscock. “I said ten,” retorted Strouthers. Glasscock expressed his contempt for the umpire by a liberal use of his fingers applied to the end of his nose, and the fine was raised to $25. Jack sat down, a sadder but wiser man.”” – The Dread Pirate

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