Paskert was more widely admired for his speed and defensive skills in centerfield
than for his underrated offensive contributions. In 1917, when he led NL outfielders
in fielding average, one sportswriter judged him "better than [Amos] Strunk" going
back for long shots, "better than Speaker" going to his left, and able to outdistance
Cobb "in any direction." A solid leadoff hitter whose high in runs scored was 102
(1912), he stole 293 bases lifetime, with a high of 51 in 1910, and walked often.
The Phillies snared Paskert (and Hans Lobert
) from Cincinnati for four nobodies in
1911; the Cubs traded home run champ Cy Williams
for him, even up, in late 1917.