John Potts

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John Frederick Potts

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John Potts was in 41 games with the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League in 1914. He hit reasonably well, mainly because he drew enough walks to get a .414 OBP. Defensively, he played mostly right field.

John was born in Tipp City, OH, near Dayton, OH in the western part of Ohio. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University in 1906-1909 and played minor league ball in 1909 with the Dallas Giants. In 16 games he hit .196. He continued in the minors, but also attended Case Western Reserve University in 1909-1912. In 1910-1912 he played in the Ohio State League, twice batting around .300 for the Chillicothe Infants. In 1913 he played in the Federal League before it became a major league, appearing in 92 games with the Cleveland Green Sox, and hitting .341. His manager was Cy Young and he had the highest batting average of the regulars on the team.

He was in the Navy in World War I. [1]

John was remembered in an article in 2017 about three Oakland Athletics players hitting their first major league home runs in the same game - the writer noted that Potts and two of his teammates had been the first trio to do so, back in 1914. [2]

After baseball he was an attorney. [3]

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