NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 27-Buck Ewing
We are taking it way back with this next pick. Buck Ewing didn’t play for the San Francisco Giants but he did play for the New York Gothams/Giants from 1883-1990.
Ewing debuted with the Troy Trojans before playing for New York.
In over 3,000 plate appearances, Ewing he drove in 459 runs with 178 stolen bases. Yes, he didn’t hit many home runs at all (47) but the game was a lot different in the 1800s as his strikeout rate will tell you (6.6 percent).
Ewing was a two-way player, as John Foster once said of Ewing in the 1983 Spalding Guide, which was the official publication of the National League: “As a thrower to bases Ewing never had a superior, and there are not to exceed 10 men who could come anywhere near being equal to him. Ewing was the man of whom it was said, “He handed the ball to the second baseman from the batter’s box.”
With a career batting average over .300, it put him in the Hall of Fame in 1939.
Ewing would play his last major league game on May 27, 1987, with the Cincinnati Reds.
After his career ended he was a manager for seven seasons including stints with the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Giants.