Neyer: Fritz Maisel, forgotten stolen-base king

From SABR member Rob Neyer at The National Pastime Museum on November 30, 2015:

If Fritz Maisel had spent the prime years of his career in the National League, he would at least be remembered. Because if you were well known in the Deadball Era’s National League, you were probably memorialized a half-century later in Lawrence Ritter’s seminal book, The Glory of Their Times.

But that book consists largely of interviews with National Leaguers, so the book contains relatively few mentions of American Leaguers. Especially American Leaguers with just a couple of big years.

But Fritz Maisel made a big impression during his brief time in the Majors, spoken for a moment in the same breath as “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and future Hall of Famer Tris Speaker.

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Originally published: November 30, 2015. Last Updated: November 30, 2015.