Going into the 1899 season the Pirates saw a chance to upgrade half of their double play combo of 2B Dick Padden and SS Bones Ely by acquiring a veteran star player from the lowly Washington Senators teams. The Senators never had a winning season in the eight year history of the franchise and they were coming off their first 100 loss season while also predictably drawing very poorly at the gates. They were always willing to sell or trade away a higher priced veteran in exchange for a profit by the end of the season.
The Senators prior to the 1898 season traded for star second baseman Heinie Reitz in a six-player deal. They were hoping he could provide a big improvement over the incumbent second baseman John O'Brien, whom they gave up a lot to acquire two years prior, but he ...
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