Art Fletcher - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

Arthur Fletcher (1885-1950) was the mirror image of fiery and feisty manager John McGraw and became one of the best shortstops in the National League during the 1910s both at the plate in the field. Fletcher’s rough-and-tumble playing style endeared him to his New York Giants manager from the very start as McGraw shipped away veteran fan-favorite Al Bridwell in favor of Art. With Fred Merkle at first, Larry Doyle at second, Fletcher at short and newly acquired Buck Herzog at third, the Giants possessed one of the best defensive infield units in all of baseball. They certainly rivaled the potent Chicago Cubs infield of Frank Chance, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Harry Steinfeldt. The Giants won three straight National League pennants (1911-1913) and then one more in 1917, but failed to get over the hump to win the World Series. And, though he put up respectable numbers during the regular season, Fletcher was little help during the Fall Classics, batting a meager .191 with 18 hits and seven RBI in 25 games. He played short for 13 years in the Majors for the Giants (1910-1920) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1920, 1922). (He did not play the 1921 season due to the death of his father and brother in the spring of 1921.) In the field, he posted a .938 fielding percentage and at the plate he averaged .277 with 1,534 hits, 684 runs, 160 stolen bases and 675 RBI over 1,533 games. Art went on to manage the Phillies for four seasons, never enjoying a winning year, and compiled a record of 231-378 in the City of Brotherly Love. He also managed the New York Yankees, after the death of legendary Hall of Fame skipper Miller Huggins, and went 6-5 over the course of 11 games.



Condition Census (Explain)

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX 5
3 EX 5