From SABR member Joe Guzzardi at Baseball Past and Present on May 11:
On most days between April and September, I talk about Clarence H. “Ginger” Beaumont. Among my duties as a Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park tour guide is to show guests the home team batting cage.
On the wall is the list of all the Pirates who have won batting championships—-eleven different players (see if you can name them; answer below*) for a total of 25 crowns.
Below Honus Wagner and next to the year 1902 Beaumont’s name is painted in white lettering. I rarely gave Beaumont more than a passing thought until a visitor asked if “Ginger” was his real name. That simple question started my inquiry into Beaumont’s life and times.
“Ginger,” known on his birth certificate as Clarence, got his nickname because of his red hair. Beaumont holds a place in baseball history that can never be surpassed or outdone.
Read the full article here: http://baseballpastandpresent.com/2011/05/11/%E2%80%9Cginger%E2%80%9D-beaumont-baseball-feat-matched
Originally published: May 12, 2011. Last Updated: May 12, 2011.