Jimmy Sebring

Sebring’s 11 hits led all participants in the first World Series (Pirates and Red Sox, 1903). He left the Reds in August 1905 to play for a team outside organized baseball in his hometown of Williamsport, PA; his wife was too ill to be left alone for long periods of time. Most players who jumped to “outlaw” leagues were blacklisted by organized baseball, but the National Commission, headed by Reds owner Garry Herrmann, did not take disciplinary action against Sebring. He led Williamsport, of the outlaw Tri-State League, to a championship. When he returned to the majors in 1909, he had lost his form.