Max Flack

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Max Flack
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Right fielder
Born: (1890-02-05)February 5, 1890
Belleville, Illinois
Died: July 31, 1975(1975-07-31) (aged 85)
Belleville, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 16, 1914 for the Chicago Chi-Feds
Last MLB appearance
September 3, 1925 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average .278
Home runs 35
Runs scored 391
Teams

Max John Flack (February 5, 1890 – July 31, 1975) was a Major League Baseball outfielder. He played twelve seasons in the majors from 1914 to 1925 for the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales (1914–15) of the Federal League, then the Chicago Cubs (1916–22) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1922–25) of the National League.

World Series[edit]

Flack was labeled the "goat" of the 1918 World Series. In the third inning of Game 6, at Fenway Park, his throwing error resulted in two Boston Red Sox runs, which provided the Bosox with the margin of victory, and a Series win, the last the Red Sox would achieve until 2004. Flack's possible involvement in throwing that World Series has recently come to light. Although nothing conclusive was said, Black Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte, who threw the 1919 World Series, has referenced the 1918 Cubs as having inspired the Black Sox.[1] Of all the players on that team whose performance was murky, it was Flack, who had multiple strange errors and was picked off twice in one game, who had the most suspicious performance. He remains the only player to get picked off twice in one game in the World Series.[2]

Between-games trade[edit]

Flack is remembered, along with Cliff Heathcote, for being half of a unique player swap. On May 30, 1922, the Cardinals were playing a Memorial Day doubleheader at Cubs Park. Between games, Flack was traded for Heathcote. Both men appeared in both games that day.

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