Ginger Beaumont

Clarence Howeth "Ginger" Beaumont (July 23, 1876 – April 10, 1956) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who spent most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1899–1906) and Boston Braves (1907–1909). He was born in Rochester, Wisconsin, and attended Beloit College. During the years 1900–1904 with the Pirates winning pennants from 1901–1903 Beaumont led the National League in hits three times, scored 100 runs four times, leading the league once, and also captured the 1902 batting championship with a .357 mark. As the Pirates' regular leadoff hitter, he was the first player ever to bat in a World Series game.[1]

Ginger Beaumont
Center fielder
Born: (1876-07-23)July 23, 1876
Rochester, Wisconsin
Died: April 10, 1956(1956-04-10) (aged 79)
Burlington, Wisconsin
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 1899, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 15, 1910, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average.311
Home runs39
Runs batted in617
Career highlights and awards

Nicknamed "Ginger" for his thick red hair, he used his excellent speed to great advantage; on the day before his 23rd birthday in his rookie season, he had six infield singles and became the first player to score six runs in a game. He was also the first player in major league history to lead his league in hits three consecutive years, which has been accomplished by only five others; he led the NL in hits a fourth time with the 1907 Braves. Often bothered by leg injuries, he joined the Chicago Cubs for the 1910 season, and made pinch-hitting appearances in the first three games of the 1910 World Series before leaving the major leagues with a .311 career batting average and on-base average of .362. He played one more season in the minor leagues before retiring to his Honey Creek, Wisconsin farm.[2] He was one of the first inductees to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1951. Beaumont suffered two strokes in his seventies, and died at age 79 in Burlington, Wisconsin.[3]

Beaumont has a baseball field named after him in his hometown of Burlington. His name also represents part of the Burlington Little League organization. In July 2015, a monument to Beaumont was dedicated at Beaumont Field.

See also


  1. Schultz, Chris (September 20, 2007). "A famous resident, nearly forgotten". Janesville Gazette. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  2. "Walworth County Today".
  3. "Ginger Beaumont Dies". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. April 11, 1956. p. 24. Retrieved July 11, 2015 via
  • Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia (2000). Kingston, New York: Total/Sports Illustrated. ISBN 1-892129-34-5.
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