On September 25, 2013 The City of Bedford, Ohio had the honor of recognizing lifelong resident and National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, Elmer Flick.
In 1903, he hit just .296 with only two home runs and a career low 51 runs batted in. The next five seasons, he played for the same team, but different name: the Cleveland Naps, named after second basemen Nap Lajoie. He had RBI totals of 56, 64, 52, and 58. All lower than his totals in his first three seasons but still respectable. His batting averages were steady: .306, .308, .311, and .302.His constant, all out play took a toll on his body. Like most back then, he was constantly injured. In 1908, 1909, and 1910, he hit a combined .254. After retiring from Major League Baseball in 1910, he played in the American Assocation in 1911 and 1912 before returning to Bedford. For 58 years, he raised horses, built houses and other trades.
Elmer got his shot early. He started the season as the team's backup right fielder, but Sam Thompson got hurt, so he got his shot. He lived up to his potential, hitting .302 as a rookie! In 1899, he hit .342, with 98 runs driven in.In 1900, he had his best year yet, with 11 homers, 110 RBI and an amazing .367 batting mark. 1900 was a year of conflict and a year of worry for the Phils. He was still a pretty abysmal right fielder. He was improving, but still bad.Manager George Stallings ordered second basemen Nap Lajoie to go after shallow popups to right that should belong to Flick. Flick got so angry when that happened he fought Lajoie. Lajoie left with abroken thumb.In 1901, Flick didn't disappoint. He had eight home runs, 88 RBI, and had a model average of .333. It would be his last full season for the Phillies. After jumping for Philadelphia to play for a second-year manager by the name of Connie Mack, he played 13 games and was traded to the Cleveland Bronchos.
The Hall of Fame’s membership Increased by four to 94, as John Clarkson, Elmer Flick, Sam Rice and Eppa Rixey were elected by the Veterans Committee. At this point in time, the BBWAA only voted every other year and did not vote in 1963. Rice and Flick were on hand to receive their plaques on August 4, 1963, while Clarkson and Rixey were posthumously inducted. Rixey died just five months before the ceremony, in February 1963. In contrast to today’s two to three hour ceremonies, it took just 35 minutes for these four men to be inducted.