John Ward, 1888


John M. Ward was a star pitcher, center fielder, and shortstop, but he is most notable for his leadership of the Brotherhood rebellion of 1889–90, which culminated in the Players’ League, a failed utopian experiment. He led the Giants to the World Championship in both 1888 and 1889, hitting .379 and .417 respectively in postseason play. In the pivotal sixth game of the 1889 World Series, when New York trailed Brooklyn three games to two, Ward came up with his team trailing 2–1 in the bottom of the ninth, with no men on base and two outs. He singled, stole second, stole third, and scored the tying run on an infield dribbler. With two outs in the eleventh inning he drove in the winning run with another hit. Long before Reggie Jackson, this was New York’s Mr. October.


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