Charlie Schmutz: The First San Diego-Born Major Leaguer

By Bill Lamb

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

25 years before Ted Williams made his Red Sox debut, the trail to the major leagues for the San Diego-born ballplayer was blazed by a player as obscure as the Splendid Splinter is famous: Charlie Schmutz, a Deadball Era right-handed pitcher. With its temperate Pacific Coast climate and rich baseball tradition, San Diego has long been a spawning ground for major-league talent, sending some 121 of her sons to the bigs. The second, and by far the greatest, of these . . .

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