Cub Stricker

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Cub Stricker
Second baseman
Born: (1859-06-08)June 8, 1859
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: November 19, 1937(1937-11-19) (aged 78)
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 2, 1882, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1893, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .239
Hits 1,106
Home runs 12
Runs batted in 411

As player

As manager

John A. "Cub" Stricker, born John A. Streaker (June 8, 1859 – November 19, 1937) was an American professional baseball second baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for seven different teams during his 11-season career, mostly with the Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Blues/Spiders.[1]


Born in Philadelphia, Stricker was signed by the Athletics as a free agent in 1882 and played four seasons with moderate success. He would get his most playing time while with the Cleveland Blues though, and did well with the opportunity, especially his first season with them in 1887, when he batted .264 in 131 games, scored 122 runs scored, and stole 86 bases. He stole 60 bases the following year, and finished his career with a respectable 278, along with 1,106 base hits and a .239 batting average.[1]

In 1892, he was signed by the St. Louis Browns to be the team's player-manager. His time was cut short when after 23 games, the team had only won six of them. The final straw came after a home loss, and Stricker jumped into the stands and punched a fan who had been heckling the team.[2] He was traded soon after to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Pud Galvin.[1] Cub did not play a game for the Pirates, as he was traded again, three days later to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Adonis Terry.[1]

Though his career was unremarkable, it was marred by an incident in his final season, while playing with the Washington Senators. During the sixth inning of a game on August 5, 1893 in Philadelphia, the crowd was jeering the Senators relentlessly when, after making the third out, Stricker walked over near the crowd and feigned throwing the ball at them a couple times until he finally did release the ball. The ball struck the ground before the fence that divided the crowd and the baseball field and bounded over the fence and struck a young man in the face, breaking his nose. Stricker was arrested, and held until a hearing could be conducted. He apologized, explaining that he meant to only throw it into the fence and that it was an accident.[3]


Stricker died at the age of 78 in his hometown of Philadelphia, and was interred at West Laurel Hills Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cub Striker's Stats". Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  2. ^ "The Cardinals Encyclopedia, pg. 361". By Mike Eisenbath. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  3. ^ ""Cub" Stricker Arrested". The New York Times, Aug. 6, 1893. August 6, 1893. Retrieved 2008-01-11.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • The Editors of Total Baseball (2000). Baseball:The Biographical Encyclopedia. Sports Illustrated. p. 1096. ISBN 1-892129-34-5.
  • Cub Stricker at Find a Grave
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