Buck Thrasher

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Buck Thrasher
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Right fielder
Born:(1889-08-06)August 6, 1889
Watkinsville, Georgia
Died: June 12, 1938(1938-06-12) (aged 48)
Cleveland, Tennessee
Batted: LeftThrew: Right
MLB debut
September 27, 1916, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 16, 1917, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .255
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 6
Teams

Frank Edward "Buck" Thrasher (August 6, 1889 – June 12, 1938) was a right fielder in Major League Baseball. He played two seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics and also played nine seasons in the minor leagues. Thrasher was 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed 182 pounds. [1]

Right fielder the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in right field

A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in right field. Right field is the area of the outfield to the right of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the right fielder is assigned the number 9.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.

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Baseball career

Thrasher started his professional baseball career in 1911. In his first season, he batted .351 for the Appalachian League's Cleveland Counts. [2] The following year, he batted .340 and led the Appalachian League in hits (126) and total bases (163). [3] Thrasher then moved to the Virginia League's Norfolk Tars in 1914. [2] In 1915, he batted .348, hit a career-high 11 home runs, and led the circuit in batting average, hits (150), and total bases (216). [4]

Batting average (baseball)

In baseball, the batting average (BA) is defined by the number of hits divided by at bats. It is usually reported to three decimal places and read without the decimal: A player with a batting average of .300 is "batting three-hundred." If necessary to break ties, batting averages could be taken beyond the .001 measurement. In this context, a .001 is considered a "point," such that a .235 batter is 5 points higher than a .230 batter.

Hit (baseball) in baseball, hitting the ball into fair territory and safely reaching base without the benefit of an error or fielders choice

In baseball statistics, a hit, also called a base hit, is credited to a batter when the batter safely reaches first base after hitting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielder's choice.

The Virginia League was a minor league baseball affiliation which operated in Virginia and North Carolina from 1906 to 1928. It was classified as a "C" league from 1906 to 1919 and as a "B" league from 1920 to 1928.

In 1916, Thrasher played 103 games for the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association. He batted .337 and then joined the major league Philadelphia Athletics. [2] He made his MLB debut on September 27. In seven late-season games, Thrasher had a batting average of .310. He started 1917 with the Athletics, but after hitting .234 in 23 games, he returned to the Atlanta Crackers. [1] That was his last full season as a player. [2]

The Atlanta Crackers were Minor League Baseball teams based in Atlanta, Georgia, between 1901 and 1965. The Crackers were Atlanta's home team until the Atlanta Braves moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1966.

The Southern Association was a higher-level minor league in American organized baseball from 1901 through 1961. For most of its existence, the Southern Association was two steps below the Major Leagues; it was graded Class A (1902–1935), Class A1 (1936–1945) and Class AA (1946–1961). Although the SA was known as the Southern League through 1919, today's Double-A Southern League is not descended from the Southern Association; the modern SL came into existence in 1964 as the successor to the original South Atlantic ("Sally") League.

Thrasher had two short stints with the Virginia League's Wilson Bugs in the 1920s and was a manager in the Georgia–Alabama League in 1929. Over his nine-season minor league career, Thrasher played in 680 games, had 819 hits, and batted .330. [2]

Manager (baseball) someone who manages a baseball team

In baseball, the field manager is the equivalent of a head coach who is responsible for overseeing and making final decisions on all aspects of on-field team strategy, lineup selection, training and instruction. Managers are typically assisted by a staff of assistant coaches whose responsibilities are specialized. Field managers are typically not involved in off-field personnel decisions or long-term club planning, responsibilities that are instead held by a team's general manager.

The Georgia–Alabama League was a minor league baseball league that operated in its two namesake states. The circuit first operated from 1913 to 1917, was revived from 1928 to 1930, then returned to operation for a final time from 1946 through 1951. The league's existence thus spanned some 39 years, but it only fielded teams in 14 seasons. All versions of the Georgia–Alabama League were Class D leagues, the lowest classification in Organized Ball during their years of operation.

Personal life

Thrasher was born in Watkinsville, Georgia, in 1889, to Isaac W. Thrasher and Louise Murry. He was married to the former Grace Phillips. [5]

Watkinsville, Georgia Town in Georgia, United States

Watkinsville is the largest city and seat of Oconee County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 2,832. It served as the seat of Clarke County until 1872 when the county seat of that county was moved to Athens, a move which ultimately led to the creation of Oconee County in 1875. It is included in the Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Thrasher died of coronary thrombosis in 1938 and was buried in Fort Hill Cemetery in Cleveland, Tennessee. [5]

Coronary thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot inside a blood vessel of the heart. This blood clot restricts blood flow within the heart. It is associated with narrowing of blood vessels subsequent to clotting. The condition is considered as a type of ischaemic heart disease.

Cleveland, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

Cleveland is a city in Bradley County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 41,285 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat and largest city in Bradley County, and the principal city of the Cleveland, Tennessee metropolitan area, which is included in the Chattanooga–Cleveland–Dalton, TN–GA–AL Combined Statistical Area. Cleveland is the fourteenth-largest city in Tennessee and the fifth-largest industrially, having thirteen Fortune 500 manufacturers.

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