Bid McPhee

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June 14, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz


Second baseman, 1882-1899. Manager, 1901-1902.  Inducted 2002.

Known for his excellent defense at second base (and his barehanded play for almost his entire career, even after most players had started using gloves), McPhee regularly led the league in putouts, assists, double plays, and fielding percentage.  McPhee still holds the records for putouts as a second baseman, both in a single season (529 in 1886) and for his career (6,545). In1886, he led the American Association in home runs, with 8. He managed the Reds for a season and a half after his playing career ended, then served as a scout for several years before retiring from the game altogether.  McPhee was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

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