Aaron Ward (baseball)

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Aaron Ward
Aaron Ward 1923.jpg
Aaron Ward getting tagged out at 3rd during the first game at Yankee Stadium.
Second base
Born: (1896-08-28)August 28, 1896
Booneville, Arkansas
Died: January 30, 1961(1961-01-30) (aged 64)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 14, 1917, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
June 7, 1928, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.268
Home runs50
Runs batted in446
Career highlights and awards

Aaron Lee Ward (August 28, 1896 – January 30, 1961), was an infielder for the New York Yankees (1917–26), Chicago White Sox (1927) and Cleveland Indians (1928).


He helped the Yankees win the 1921–22 and 1926 American League Pennants and 1923 World Series. Ward is famous for collecting the 1st hit by a member of the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, and for his baserunning error that saw him thrown out at third base to end the eighth and final game of the 1921 World Series.

On January 13, 1927, he was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Johnny Grabowski and Ray Morehart. On March 4, 1928, he was selected off waivers by the Indians from the White Sox.

In 12 seasons he played in 1,059 Games and had 3,611 At Bats, 457 Runs, 966 Hits, 158 Doubles, 54 Triples, 50 Home Runs, 447 RBI, 36 Stolen Bases, 339 Walks, .268 Batting Average, .335 On-base percentage, .383 Slugging Percentage, 1,382 Total Bases and 152 Sacrifice Hits.

He also managed in the Evangeline League in 1946.

He died in New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of 64. He is buried in St. Louis #3 Cemetery.

In popular culture[edit]

In the Tom Cruise movie Jack Reacher, the title character uses the alias "Aaron Ward" when investigating at an Ohio gun range. Robert Duvall's character tells Cruise, "I'm pretty sure you didn't play second base for the Yankees in 1925."

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