Rollie Hubert Zeider
Born: November 16, 1883 - Auburn, IN
Died: September 12, 1967 - Garrett, IN
Career BA: .240
Chicago White Sox AL (November 16, 1883 - September 12, 1967)
New York Yankees AL (1913)
Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales FL (1914–1915)
Chicago Cubs NL (1916–1918)
Born in Auburn, Indiana, in 1883, Rollie Hubert Zeider packed a bunch of really cool baseball lore into a fair to middling nine-year career. In his rookie season of 1910, Zeider hit just .217 with no home runs, but the 5-foot, 10-inch, 162-pound White Sox second baseman put the wind in the Windy City. The cyclone-fast Zeider set the rookie record for stolen bases with 49 swipes. His Major League mark would stand until 1986 when it was shattered by John Cangelosi, another South Side speedster and White Sox outfielder. Cangelosi would steal 50 bases that year ending Zeider’s small slice of immortality. Zeider finished in the top 10 in steals three different times in his career. He was also among the league leaders in errors on three occasions, but was widely recognized for his uncommon range in the field.
Zeider’s most famous nickname is “Bunions,” a moniker that essentially came from a disease. Legend has it that Zeider was on the receiving end of a patented Ty Cobb spiking that severed a bunion. The infection resulted in a case of blood poisoning, hence, a rather painful and somewhat disgusting nickname. Zeider also holds the distinction of playing for a Chicago franchise three different times in three different leagues: the White Sox in the American League, the Chi-Feds/Whales in the Federal League, and the Cubs in the National League. Zeider’s overall career is hardly noteworthy, but some fun factoids make him one of our favorite players in the collection.
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