Kid Elberfeld - August 17, 1904 Sporting Life Article Photo

Sporting News, Philadelphia, September 17 1904
Norman Elberfeld, the hustling anti hard-hitting short-stop of the New York American League Club, has been playing professional ball only since 1895. He hails from Walden's Ridge, near Nashville Tenn., and is now only twenty-seven years old. He was boy in knickerbockers when he got his first professional engagement with the Clarksville, Tenn., club of which the noted ex-League catcher, Billy Earle, was manager. His work attracted the attention of Manager George Stallings, of the Augusta Club, of the Southern League, and he was signed and developed by that astute handler of young p layers. When Mr. Stallings became manager of the Philadelphia Club he took Elberfeld with him the youngster failed to make good with the stick and was sent to the Western League for further schooling. When Mr. Stallings became manager of the Detroit Club he again secured Elberfeld and soon made a noted player of him. He was the star of the Detroit team for several years. In 1903, when Mr. Edward Barrow became manager of the Detroit team, he fell out with Elberfeld and the breach became me so serious that Mr. Barrow decided to rid himself of the brilliant young player who appeared to be the whole Detroit works, and placed him upon the market. Nearly every club in the two major leagues made offers for Elberfeld and New York finally secured him for three players and a big cash bonus. Elberfeld at once plugged up a big hole in the New York Infield, put that team into the running for balance of last season, and has been a big factor in the Highlanders' great success this season. Incidentally, Detroit has not yet been able to satisfactorily fill the gap left by Elberfeld's transfer. Elberfeld is a wonderful fielder splendid batsman, clever baserunner, and with it all possesses the judgment, dash and daring that go to make what is called a 'winning player."

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Kid Elberfeld - August 17, 1904 Sporting Life Article Photo