All The Duckys in a Row: In Search of the Real Ducky Holmes

By Joan Wendl Thomas

This article was published in the Spring 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

Much to the author's surprise, there were five professional baseball players known as Ducky Holmes. Numbers four and five never advanced beyond the minor leagues, but their very existence plunged her study down a multitude of wrong-way paths. Here is an attempt to set the record straight and clarify the true identities of the players called Ducky Holmes. When quintessential baseball buff Douglas Heeren first approached me about a player named Ducky Holmes, I failed to grasp the depth of the subject. Pointing out my misidentification of Ducky in a . . .

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