Ginger Beaumont was born on Sunday, July 23, 1876, in Rochester, Wisconsin. Beaumont was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 21, 1899, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ginger Beaumont baseball stats page.
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Ginger Beaumont Miscellaneous Items of Interest
Did you know that Ginger Beaumont was the first batter in the first game of the 1903 World Series and faced future Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young ? The Burlington Historical Society took a look "beyond the stats" then shared their research with us about a ballplayer who is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame despite the following accomplishments:
Lifetime batting average over 12 seasons of .311. Hit over .300 in 7 of his 12 seasons. Hit .352 his rookie season (1899). Led the National League in hitting in 1902 with a .357 average.
Led National League in 1903 in hits (209), runs (137), and total bases (272).
Led National League in hits in each of four seasons -- including three consecutive seasons, a league record -- and held the record at one time for most singles in a National League season.
Was one of fastest runners of his time. Set record of 6 hits in 6 at bats in one game - July 22, 1899, vs. Philadelphia. Also scored 6 runs in the game. Record stood for 16 years until tied by George Cutshaw of the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) in 1915.
First player named to National League President Pulliam's Hall of Fame in March 1903.
In the 1903 season, he was the first batter in either league to reach 100 base hits.
He had a total of 1,760 lifetime hits and stole 20 to 30 bases a year. In 6 seasons with Pittsburgh, he stole 188 bases.
He twice finished in the top five home run hitters in the dead ball era.
He was considered by fellow ballplayers to be the best fielder in the business and a heavy hitter.
In 1936, he was named to a committee to select the 5 best players of the 1890s, whose names would be inscribed in a tablet at Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
In 1937, he was selected by Honus Wagner , in an article written for Colliers magazine, titled "I Never Got Tired of Playing," as the centerfielder of Wagner's "All-Time All-Star" baseball team. All players named by Wagner , except for Johnny Kling and Clarence Beaumont, are in the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to Wagner , "People are generally surprised at the selection of Beaumont, but he was one of the best players who ever lived. I saw him beat out six infield hits in one game, which will give some idea of his speed."
In 1939, Umpire Bill Klemm said in a Chicago Tribune article that Beaumont was the "most graceful and efficient man I've ever seen in the outfield."
In 1951, he was enshrined as a charter member in Wisconsin's Athletic Hall of Fame at the Milwaukee Arena. Among those attending the ceremonies in his honor were Connie Mack , Cy Young , and Deacon Phillippe , who pitched for Pittsburgh in the first game of the modern World Series.
As of 1960, Beaumont shared two National league records: He and Lloyd Waner both led the league in singles 4 times; and Beaumont, Rogers Hornsby , and Jesse Burkett all led the league in base hits 4 times. Honus Wagner once said Beaumont was a better hitter than Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth .
Ginger Beaumont | 1909 T206 Piedmont Baseball Card | Baseball Almanac Collection
The Ginger Beaumont photo (below) shows Connie Mack congratulating Ginger Beaumont at his induction into the Wisconsin's Athletic Hall of Fame held at the Milwaukee Arena on November 28, 1951. Also in the photo are Cy Young , Deacon Phillippe , and Al Simmons !
Photo Courtesy of The Burlington Historical Society.
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Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST