A great baseball trivia question via Steve Buckley:
Has there ever been a major leaguer who played on five World Series-winning teams but never played for the Yankees?
A couple of days ago, the question was put to Timlin. Like all of us, he couldn’t name anyone other than members of the Yankees.
But thank goodness for computers and for savvy baseball historians. Through the Red Sox, the question was put to the Elias Sports Bureau. And the whiz kids from Elias did not disappoint, concluding that just one player, Gloucester-born Stuffy McInnis, played on five World Series-winning teams without ever having earned a paycheck in the Bronx.
McInnis was also part of the legendary “$100,000 infield” that played for the Philadelphia A’s from 1911 through 1914 – John “Stuffy” McInnnis at first; Eddie Collins at second; Jack Barry at short; and Frank “Homerun” Baker at third. Because the team did well, A’s owner-manager Connie Mack claimed that he would not part with his star studded infield – even for $100,000. And, the imaginary ‘not high enough’ price tag became a handle for this infield unit going forward. (Ironically, Mack would eventually break up the infield. Even during the early 1900’s a vote of confidence was sometimes also a kiss of death.)