Today in Tribe History: May 16, 1902

Three weeks after his release from the Philadelphia Athletics, the Cleveland Bronchos sign outfielder and northeast Ohio native Elmer Flick in a move that will benefit the team for years.

Flick, who broke into the Majors with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1898, hopped to the Athletics following the 1901 season, but was released after playing eleven games with the club. After relocating back to Cleveland and rejoining his former teammate from Philadelphia, Nap Lajoie, he hit .297 in 110 games and became a regular in the outfield for the team and on the leaderboard in the American League. He led the league in steals in 1904 and 1906, triples from 1905 to 1907, batting average in 1905, and games played, at bats, and runs scored in 1906. During the high point of his career, he was part of a discussed trade by the Detroit Tigers for Ty Cobb.

His appearances on field dwindled badly in his final three seasons, concluding in 1910. He ended his 13-year career with a .313 batting average, but he did not quit playing entirely after 1910, spending several more years with the minor league Toledo Mud Hens before wrapping up his playing days.

He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1963 by the Veteran’s Committee. He passed away in his hometown of Bedford in 1971, two days short of his 95th birthday. He has since been memorialized with a statue there in his honor.

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