CHC - Tris Speaker Homers at VU
May 25, 2007
When the old Sulphur Dell ballpark, located in downtown near the Cumberland River would flood, Vanderbilt was an alternate site for baseball. The original Dudley Field was located on the present site of the Vanderbilt Law School where the Commodores played football and baseball.
A heavy rain forced an exhibition game in April 1914 to be moved to the Vanderbilt campus. The hometown Nashville Vols of the Southern Association played the Boston Red Sox of the American League. The Red Sox were led by future Hall of Famer Tris Speaker. Tris Speaker, CF Hick Cady, C
Tris Speaker, CF--Speaker was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1937 after playing with the Red Sox (1907-15), Cleveland (1916-26), Washington (1927) and the Philadelphia A's (1928). Speaker was also the player-manager with his stint in Cleveland. For a career, he batted .344 in 2,789 games recording 117 home runs and 1,559 runs batted in.
Hick Cady, C--Cady played for Boston (1912-17) and the Phillies (1918). The part-time backstop batted .240 in 340 career games. Cady recorded one career home run in 901 plate appearances.
Joe E. Brown is pictured in the middle wearing a suit.
This is the last Commodore History Corner story. I hope you have enjoyed the past three years learning about the great history and traditions of Vanderbilt athletics history.
If you have any comments or suggestions you can contact Bill Traughber via e-mail WLTraughber@aol.com.
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