Bill Essick

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William Earl Essick
(Vinegar Bill)

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Bill Essick is perhaps most famous for the many years that he scouted for the New York Yankees from 1926 to 1950. A proficient piano player, he majored in music at college but decided to pursue a career in baseball instead.

Bill played two seasons in the big leagues, with the 1906 Reds and the 1907 Reds. In all, he appeared in 9 games for a total of 61 innings. He had eight years in the minors, winning over 100 games. His best season was in 1906 when he went 19-6 for the Portland Beavers.

Essick achieved prominence also as a manager. He was a part-owner of the Grand Rapids Black Sox, whom he managed in 1915-17. He had previously played for Grand Rapids in 1911-13. He also managed the Vernon Tigers during 1918-25, which was the majority of the time they existed. The team finished in first place in 1918-20 under his management. In 1922 the team was 123-72 but finished second.

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