In 1,483 career games Flick recorded a.313 batting average while accumulating 164 triples,1,752 hits,330 stolen bases, and 756 runs batted in. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963, Flick began his career in semi-professional baseball and played in minor league baseball for two years. He was noticed by George Stallings, the manager of the Phillies, Flick was pressed into a starting role in 1898 when an injury forced another player to retire. Flick jumped to the Athletics in 1902, but an injunction prevented him from playing in Pennsylvania. He joined the Naps, where he continued to play for the remainder of his league career. Flick was known predominantly for his batting and speed. He led the National League in RBIs in 1900, and led the American League in stolen bases in 1904 and 1906, Flick was born on January 11,1876, the third of five children of Zachary and Mary Flick, on the family farm in Bedford, Ohio. His father was a farmer and mechanic who had served in the American Civil War, Flick attended Bedford High School, where he played catcher on the schools baseball team. He also played American football, wrestled, and boxed, Flick entered semi-professional baseball by chance. When he was 15 years old, he was at a station to support the local baseball team as it left for a road trip. Only eight of the players showed up at the station. Though Flick did not have a uniform or shoes, he hit well in games of the doubleheader, though Bedford lost both games. He joined the Bedford team on a basis, and he continued to play semi-pro baseball throughout his teenage years. In 1896, the manager of the Youngstown Puddlers of the Interstate League signed Flick, because the team had an established catcher, Flick played in the outfield, where he struggled to learn the position. In 31 games, Flick had a.826 fielding percentage, however, Flick had a strong performance offensively. Using his fathers lathe, Flick crafted his own baseball bat, the next year, Flick played for the Dayton Old Soldiers, also in the Interstate League, as their regular left fielder. His defense improved, as he compiled a.921 fielding percentage and he also led the league with 20 triples and 295 total bases. George Stallings, the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League, Stallings signed Flick to the Phillies to serve as a reserve outfielder for the team in the 1898 season
Image: 1899 Elmer Flick
A baseball card of Flick as a member of the Cleveland Naps in 1909.