from the Wheeling Intelligencer, July 30, 1895:
"Jack" Glasscock, a Wheeling boy, whose fame as the greatest shortstop in the profession is limited only to lands where the American national game is known, yesterday accepted the offer of the owners of the Wheeling Base Ball Club to take the management of the team and play first base. This news will be received with pleasure by the local base ball enthusiasts and will increase the popularity of the game here. Although Glasscock's arm is not in the best of condition, preventing him from filling acceptably his usual position on the diamond, he can play first base easily and his hitting will greatly add to the strength of the team. In addition, his presence on the team will benefit it greatly in another way -- in that a first-class playing manager will be able to get all there is in the players out of them. The team has been weak in this particular since Will White has not been able to play at short field.
Mr. Glasscock, when seen last night, told of the particulars of his engagement by the Wheeling management. The negotiations have been running for a week past, but could not be perfected because Glasscock was under contract with the Washington league team. Yesterday at Pittsburgh Al Buckenberger saw manager Schmalz of the Senators, and he agreed to release the great Wheeling player to the local club. Glasscock was notified of this arrangement early in the evening. He says he will go up to Pittsburgh to-day and meet the team at Oil City to-morrow, when he will take charge and play first bag.
"What do you think of the Wheeling team?" was asked.
"I have seen the boys play on two or three occasions," said the new manager, "and my opinion is that they should carry off the Iron and Oil league pennant. There is some good material in the team, and I will do all in my power to get the boys to play the class of ball that will make them champions of the league."
And Glasscock knowns how to do that.
from the Intelligencer August 1, 1895:
|Club||W.||L.||P'r c't||Club||W.||L.||P'r c't|
|Oil City||5||3||.635||Twin Cities||4||7||.344|
OIL CITY, PA., July 31. -- It was an off day with the home club to-day, but even at their best it is doubtful if the "Hitters" would have been in it against the great club that now represents Wheeling. The visitors move around the field as if set on springs, run bases like professional sprinters and their batting was something phenomenal, putting Whitehill, Oil City's brag pitcher out of business before the end of the third inning.
"Foxey Jack" Glasscock at first had a string to every player in his team and has them under his direct control all through the game and the understanding that exists between him and the pitcher when a runner is on first amounts almost to mind reading.
The "Hitters" had no chance to steal bases and were simply outclassed in the box, at the bag, and in every position in the diamond, with the possible exception of first, held down by Hocker, the old league player, and third, occupied by Greminger, of the Cleveland league.
The game was too one sided to warrant extended comment, and if Wheeling can play all the time such ball as it played to-day there is nothing in the Iron and Oil League that has any business with her.
The features of the game were the lively work of the visitors, Davis' home run hit over the fence bringing in three runs and Captain Glasscock's batting, he having four hits out of five times at bat.
Story of the game, undoubtedly the best victory Wheeling has achieved this season:
|Martin, r||3||0||2||0||0||Ball, ss||3||0||1||3||1|
|Whiteh'l, 2||5||2||0||2||1||Somers, lf||5||1||0 0||2|
|Grove, lf||5||1||3||2||0||Grotty, 2b||5||1||1||5||1|
|Grem'g, 3b||5||1||3||2||0||Glasc'k, 1b||5||4||10||2||0|
|Belden, m||5||2||3||1||0||Ireland, 3b||3||0||3||0||1|
|Sheeh'n, ss||5||0||1||4||3||Kerr, rf||4||2||3||2||0|
|Hecker, 1b||4||2||10||0||0||K'rkh'ff, m||2||0||2||0||0|
|Briggs, c||4||0||1||1||0||Brodie, m||3||2||1||0||0|
|B. W't'ill, p||1||0||0||0||0||Davis, c.||3||2||5||0||0|
|Pastr's, p||3||1||0||2||0||Conover, p.||4||1||1||3||0|
Two base hits, Oil City 2, Wheeling 2. Three base hit, Wheeling 1. Home run. Davis. Struck out, by Conover 5, by Whitehill 1, by Pastorious 1. Passed balls, none. Wild pitches, none. Time, 2:00. Umpire, Keefe.
Speaking of the career of "Honest Jack" Glasscock, the great short stop, who has just signed to manage the Wheeling team, the Commercial Gazette has the following:
He has a fellow feeling for Pittsburgh since he first played professional ball here in 1878 -- here he made his debut as a third baseman under the management of the famous Tom Fulwood.
"We made money on our first trip but didn't win many games," said Jack, "so when we came back to Pittsburgh the club disbanded, and George Strief and I went to Cleveland. I remained there for five years. I ended that year at third, then went to second in 1879. In 1880 the Cleveland club got Ned Hanlon, Fred Dunlap and Jakie Evans, and I was sent to short to as an experiment; there I have been ever since. This man Evans was the greatest right fielder ever in the business -- he had an arm that was a terror. I left Cleveland in 1884, went to the Unions of Cincinnati; finished there, went to St. Louis, where I played two years. Then I went to Indianapolis, where I managed the team three years. When the Indianapolis club was bought body and soul, Burkett, Denny, Buckley and myself went to New York. I staid in New York for two years, then went to St. Louis, from there I came to Pittsburgh, and you know the rest. From Pittsburgh I went to Louisville, from Louisville to Washington, and from Washington to Wheeling, and here I am to-day."
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