Forrest Leroy “Hick” Cady
Born: Forrest Leroy Bergland
Born: January 26, 1886 - Bishop Hill, IL
Died: March 3, 1946 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Career BA: .240
Boston Red Sox AL (January 26, 1886 - March 3, 1946)
Philadelphia Phillies NL (1919)
As a 26-year-old rookie, Forrest “Hick” Cady caught the eye of Red Sox manager Jake Stahl with his powerful, accurate throwing arm. Stahl brought him up to Boston in 1912 as backup catcher to Bill Carrigan. A talented defensive catcher, Cady quickly became the preferred batterymate of Red Sox pitching ace Smokey Joe Wood, but continued to serve as back up to Carrigan throughout his six seasons with the Sox.
Cady saw action in three World Series (1912, 1915, 1916) and caught in seven games in the 1912 Fall Classic. That year he batted a respectable .259 and in 1915 a solid .278. In one remarkable at-bat on June 29th during the 1912 Championship season, Cady managed to get two hits on one at-bat. Evidently he singled, which scored Jake Stahl from third base, but the umpire called a balk and the hit was negated. Cady went back into the batters box and promptly hit a double. Now that’s a bit of unusual trivia for the record books. Defensively, Cady was dependable behind the plate with his high water mark being in 1915 when he accumulated 313 putouts and eight errors in 400 chances, and his .980 fielding percentage was second best in the league.
Tragedy struck in the 1917 offseason when Cady’s shoulder was shattered in a car accident that killed one of his passengers. Although injured, Cady was still included in the January 1918 trade to the Philadelphia Athletics with two other players for the great Stuffy McInnis. Cady sat out the 1918 season in Philly while his injuries healed. Although he saw active duty again in 1919 with the A’s, his MLB playing days were numbered. Cady played in the minors through the 1924 season and later umpired in the Pacific Coast League. On March 3, 1946, Hick Cady died in a tragic hotel fire in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Three championships in seven years. Not bad for a backup catcher.
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