Stovey combined slugging power with great running speed and a strong arm. He was
the first to wear sliding pads and among the first to slide feet first. A home run
hitter in the dead-ball era, he led his league in homers six times, with a personal
high of 19 in 1889. He led in hits twice, doubles once, triples three times, runs
four times, batting (.404 in 1884) and stolen bases (97 in 1890) once each. Gentlemanly
and articulate in an age when few ballplayers were, he played as Stovey rather than
Stowe (his real name) so that his mother would not see his name in box scores.