Charles Lincoln “Buck” Herzog (1885-1953) and Hall of Fame manager John McGraw shared a mutual hatred for one another, though McGraw and the New York Giants traded and then reacquired the hard-nosed Herzog three times in a span of eight years in the 1910s. McGraw once even stated “ I hate his guts, but I want him on my club.” A proven leader and aggressive player, buck helped the Giants win four National League pennants including three consecutive from 1911 to 1913. Herzog played as a utility infielder, playing second and third bases as well as shortstop, fielding each position between 450 and 490 times. He enjoyed a 13-year career with the Giants (1908-1909, 1911-1913, 1916-1917), the Boston Rustlers/Braves (1910-1911/ 1918-1919), the Cincinnati Reds (1914-1916) and the Chicago Cubs (1919-1920). With Cincinnati, he served as player/manager compiling a 165-226 record in 401 games. Despite his distain for Herzog, John McGraw traded future Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson, Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush for the Buck to shore up his struggling team. Buck responded by leading the Giants to the 1917 NL pennant. Herzog was a mediocre fielder, posting a .943 fielding percentage, but his aggressive playing style at the plate and on the base paths made him a constant threat. Buck Herzog ended his career with a .259 career batting average with 1,370 hits including 75 triples, 705 runs scored, 320 stolen bases and 445 RBI over 13 seasons.
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