Ed Konetchy

Ed KonetchyHighest OPS, First Basemen (1910-1919)
Ed Konetchy … 752
Jake Daubert … 751
Hal Chase … 733
Stuffy McInnis … 729
Fred Merkle … 725

This was an unusual era in that there were no truly great-hitting first basemen in the game. In the last two decades of the 19th century baseball had a glut of hard-hitters at that position (Cap Anson, Jake Beckley, Dan Brouthers, Roger Connor). But the early 20th century had only one Hall of Famer (Frank Chance) and his career was brief and he was done as a full-time player by 1911.

Konetchy was a power-hitter: he finished in the top ten in extra-base hits eight times and in homers six times. Had he played in the 1920s instead of the 1910s, he would have been a similar player to Jim Bottomley. Konetchywas the Cardinal first sacker in the 1910s but his power numbers look sparse compared to Bottomley, the Cardinal first baseman of the 1920s. Sunny Jim is in the Hall of Fame because he played with Frankie Frisch, while Big Ed Konetchy is forgotten. Neither deserve to have a plaque in Cooperstown, but Konetchy was a fine player who should be remembered.