Joe Ellick

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Joseph J. Ellick

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 162 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

"Dear Joe, after witnessing the dirty conduct of the mob today, I thought best to send you to Philadelphia, rather than keep you here for three more games to receive such unjustifiable abuse." - National League secretary N.E. Young, writing to new umpire Joe Ellick after Ellick had to be escorted from the field by police due to hostile fans

Joe Ellick played four seasons in the big leagues, starting in the 1875 National Association, spending a couple of years in the young National League, and ending up in the short-lived 1884 Union Association, where he also managed a few games. The vast majority of his at-bats were in 1884.

Ellick played mostly right field but also got into a lot of games at shortstop. In addition, he appeared in some games at third base, second base, catcher, left field, center field, and pitcher. In his one game at pitcher he gave up only one run in three innings but took the loss.

After playing for Milwaukee in 1878, he was one of three players who filed charges of non-payment with the league.

He umpired in the National League for part of 1886 and was involved in some controversial plays. He wrote an article called "Experiences of a Base-Ball Umpire". Source: Umps Really Took Some Lumps He also worked as an umpire in the American Association.

The book Johnny Kling mentions Kling's experience as a top amateur player, and in 1890 Joe Ellick umpired one of Kling's games.

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