R. Emmet Heidrick
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- Debut September 14, 1898
- Final Game October 6, 1908
- Born July 9, 1876 in Queenstown, PA USA
- Died January 20, 1916 in Clarion, PA USA
"Heidrick ranks with the best outfielders in the country in all departments of the game." - Sporting Life from May 6, 1905
"Heidrick was a heavy hitter and a brilliant fielder in his day." - from his obituary in Sporting Life, January 29, 1916
Outfielder Emmet Heidrick played eight seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the St. Louis teams. After his best season in 1901, he (along with some other Cardinals) jumped to the Browns.
Emmet was in the minors with Paterson from 1896-98, and was a teammate of Honus Wagner there in 1896-97.
Heidrick broke in with the 1898 Spiders and when he showed himself to be a good player, was moved by the owners to another team they owned, the 1899 Perfectos. He thus avoided being on the incredibly bad 1899 Spiders team.
Heidrick had a major league lifetime average of .300, and hit over .300 in the first four of his eight seasons. His batting averages dropped when he moved to the American League and as the dead-ball era began.
In his best year, he hit .339 in 1901, and also posting a .470 slugging percentage.
Heidrick could also steal bases, with a high of 55 in 1899, and two other seasons when he stole over 30.
Although he had some power, with 73 lifetime triples, he also was a frequent bunter, with 109 sacrifice hits.
He died before he turned 40.
His obituary in Sporting Life stated that he studied at "New York State College" in Elmira. His professional baseball career started in 1895. When he died he was a "wealthy lumber merchant".
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1899)
- 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 1 (1899)