John “Buck” Freeman

About This Inductee

Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Buck Freeman was the home run king of baseball in the pre Ruth era in the days of the dead ball. In 1899, Freeman’s 25 home runs set a modern day record until Babe Ruth smashed out 29 in 1919. Freeman ranks among the immortals of the game, sharing honors with Babe Ruth. With Washington he established his record, he was only paid $225.00 a month. Buck Freeman ended his career with a lifetime average of .287. He batted 318 with Washington in 1899. John’s highest mark was .318 with the Boston Americans in 1901.