Signed out of high school, this native of Philadelphia was nineteen when he found
himself in the Athletics' 1905 Opening Day lineup because shortstop Monte Cross broke
a hand. Knight was hitting .400 in mid-June but finished the season at .203. Eager
to win a pennant in 1907, Connie Mack traded Knight to the Red Sox for veteran third
baseman Jimmy Collins. Mack later said Knight was the only young player he ever regretted
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 7, 1907: Boston (AL) ships former player-manager Jimmy Collins to the Athletics for infielder John Knight. Collins guided the team to two pennants. They then buy 43-year-old Deacon McGuire from the Yankees and make him manager.