The Keithsburg Connection To Cooperstown

bid mcpheeIt’s Baseball Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown, New York.  The latest class includes Tony LaRussa, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas.  There is a Keithsburg connection to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Mississippi River town was the boyhood home of John “Bid” McPhee. The second baseman was elected to the HOF by the veterans’ committee in 2000. His baseball career spanned from 1882 to 1899, all in Cincinnati. Baseball historians say he regularly led the league in many defensive categories despite playing without a glove for the first 14 years of his career. Various reports indicate without the benefit of the padding provided by fielding gloves, McPhee would toughen his hands by soaking them in salt water.
WRMJ News/Sports Director Jim Taylor spoke with local historian Stephanie Braucht of Joy about McPhee’s Mercer County roots.