Today in Tribe History: January 9, 1971

Elmer Flick, a longtime Cleveland Indians outfielder and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, passes away, two days short of his 95th birthday.

“The Demon of Stick” was born in Bedford, Ohio, and attended Bedford High School. He spent his first four Major League seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1898 to 1901 before joining Philadelphia’s club in the American League, the Athletics, in 1902. His stay there was short, as after eleven games with the club, he was granted free agency and less than a month later signed on with the team closest to his hometown, the Cleveland Bronchos.

Flick spent nine seasons in Cleveland with the Bronchos and Naps, leading the league in stolen bases in 1904 and 1906, batting average in 1905, triples from 1905 to 1907, and games played, plate appearances, at bats, and runs scored in 1906. He posted a career .313 batting average and was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1963. He was immortalized in statue form in his hometown of Bedford in 2013.

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