Cieradkowski: Overten Tremper, who put one over on John McGraw

From SABR member Gary Cieradkowski at Studio Gary C on April 25, 2018:

A guy like Overton Tremper would not exist today.

Today, there is no other avenue for a baseball player besides organized baseball: the major leagues and minor leagues are the only game in town. But one hundred years ago, a guy could make a decent living playing baseball without suiting up for a professional ball club. And that’s just what Overton Tremper chose to do.

It wasn’t that Tremper didn’t have to chops to make it in the majors – he did. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1906, the son of Walter Tremper, a civil engineer, and Sarah Overton. Though his first name was Carlton, the boy was known by his middle name, Overton, his mother’s maiden name. The Overton’s were an old New York family, descendants of Nathaniel Overton, a Minuteman and later Captain in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Tremper first made a name for himself playing ball for Brooklyn’s Erasmus High, captaining the team that won the borough and city championships. He then transferred to the swankier Poly Prep Country Day School his senior year where he also was elected team captain. Tremper then matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania where he intended to study economics at the Wharton School.

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Originally published: April 25, 2018. Last Updated: April 25, 2018.