Charlie Hickman

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Charlie Hickman
Utility player
Born: (1876-05-04)May 4, 1876
Taylorstown, Pennsylvania
Died: April 19, 1934(1934-04-19) (aged 57)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1897, for the Boston Beaneaters
Last MLB appearance
July 31, 1908, for the Cleveland Naps
MLB statistics
Batting average .295
Home runs 59
Runs batted in 614
Win–loss record 10-8
Strikeouts 37
Earned run average 4.28

Charles Taylor Hickman (March 4, 1876 – April 19, 1934) was a professional baseball player. He played all or part of twelve seasons in Major League Baseball as a utility player for the Boston Beaneaters (1897–99), New York Giants (1900–01), Boston Americans (1902), Cleveland Bronchos/Naps (1902–04 and 1908), Detroit Tigers (1904–05), Washington Senators (1905–07) and Chicago White Sox (1907).

He died in Morgantown, West Virginia at the age of 58.

Playing career[edit]

Hickman was born in Taylortown, Pennsylvania and played one season of college baseball with the West Virginia Mountaineers in 1897.[1] Despite being saddled with the nickname 'Piano Legs,' Hickman was an above-average base runner who amassed 91 career triples and several inside-the-park home runs. He also had an above-average range factor throughout his career (although a sub-par fielder; in 1900 he set a record by committing 86 errors as a third baseman). He helped the Beaneaters win the 1897 and 1898 National League pennants.

He led the American League in hits (193) and total bases (288) in 1902 and at Bats per home run (43.5) in 1903. In 12 seasons he played in 1,081 games and had 3,982 at bats, 478 runs, 1,176 hits, 217 doubles, 91 triples, 59 home runs, 614 RBI, 72 stolen bases, 153 walks, .295 batting average, .331 on-base percentage, .440 slugging percentage, 1,752 total bases and 59 sacrifice hits.

As a pitcher he had a 10–8 win-loss record, in 30 games, with 22 games started; 15 complete games, 3 shutouts, 8 games finished, 4 saves, 185 innings pitched, 175 hits allowed, 105 runs allowed, 88 earned runs allowed, 4 home runs allowed, 94 walks allowed, 37 strikeouts, 12 hit batsmen, 4 wild pitches, 62 batters faced and a 4.28 ERA.

Coaching career[edit]

Hickman coached the West Virginia Mountaineers baseball team for four season, in 1913 and 1915–1917. His career record was 58–23–1.[2]

Yearly record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1913–1913)
1913 West Virginia 12–4
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1915–1917)
1915 West Virginia 19–7–1
1916 West Virginia 17–6
1917 West Virginia 10–6
Total: 58–23–1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "West Virginia University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Archived from the original on 2004-04-06. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "2012 West Virginia Baseball Media Guide". West Virginia Sports Information. p. 88. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

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