Reputed to have had the biggest hands in pro baseball, Courtney played every infield
position. The lefthanded hitter enjoyed his best season in 1905 when he drove in
77 runs as the Phillies' regular third baseman.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 10, 1903: Detroit SS Kid Elberfeld, suspended for abusing an umpire, is traded to the New York Highlanders for veteran infielders Herman Long, 37, and Ernie Courtney. The Highlanders' first trade is a good one as"The Tabasco Kid", currently hitting .341, will be a key ingredient in New York's rise as contenders in 1904.