1921 Orioles: Wade Lefler

Every successful team boasts at least one jack-of-all-trades utility man – a guy who a manager can feel comfortable penciling in to play multiple positions when one of the regulars was hurt, in a slump of just need a day off. Back in the 1920s, a good utility man was often the difference between the pennant and a second-place finish. Wade Lefler was the 1921 Orioles’ ultimate utility player. […]

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Big Boy Kraft: Fifty-Five and Out

Clarence “Big Boy” Kraft was the power behind the 1919-1924 Fort Worth Panthers, one of the finest minor league teams of the pre-war era. His 55 homers in 1924 was the highest recorded in the minors up to that time and only second to Babe Ruth’s major league record of 59 he set in 1921. As could be expected, after that 1924 season, everyone wanted a piece of Big Boy… […]

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