Baseball player, Kip Selbach, Boston Red Sox, batting 1905 Photo SUMMARY
Full-length portrait of Kip Selbach, baseball player, American League Boston Red Sox, batting during a game at South Side Park which was located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois. Spectators sitting in the grandstand are visible in the background.NOTES
This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper. SDN-003445, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
An excellent batsman, Albert Kip Selbach had the misfortune of playing with lousy teams through most of his career during baseball’s dead ball era. He batted over .300 the first five seasons in the majors with the Washington Nationals, and compiled a very solid .293 career batting average. An extremely fast base runner, Kip Selbach led the American League in triples with 22 in 1895, and lined 149 career triples during his 13-season major league career. He stole 349 lifetime bases, including a high of 49 in his third season.
On July Fourth 1904 he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Bill O’Neill. For the rest of the season Kip Selbach helped the Red Sox win the 1904 AL pennant, and he often stated the highlight of his career was catching the final out of the game that made Boston the 1904 Champion. Note: No World Series was played that year.