From Vince Guerrieri at Did The Tribe Win Last Night? on September 26, 2013, with mention of SABR member Jim Wagner:
Elmer Flick has taken his place in the town square.
Flick, a Bedford (Ohio) native and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was immortalized in a statue dedicated Wednesday in his hometown. His career ended abruptly in 1910, and he died in 1971, but he remained fresh in the memory of many people who attended the dedication. Tim Taylor, a Bedford native and former anchorman for WJW-TV, served as the master of ceremonies for the event, and remembered Flick at his high school games in the 1950s.
“I knew Elmer Flick,” he told the crowd. “Mr. Flick loved the game of baseball so much, he would come to our games, leaning on a cane, and yell instructions at us.
“And I was one of his favorite targets.”
Taylor said while he was in high school, he and his teammates took Flick for granted – as did the town.
“We were kids,” he said. “We didn’t know we were in the presence of greatness.”
On hand to represent the Indians were Bob DiBiasio, executive vice president for public affairs, former players Joe Charboneau and Len Barker, and former player and manager Mike Hargrove. DiBiasio said the statue represents part of the team’s mission of connecting generations, creating memories and celebrating families.
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Originally published: September 26, 2013. Last Updated: September 26, 2013.