Art Fletcher
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1885
Date of Death: 1950
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Occupation: Baseball player, manager, coach
Sports Team: New York Giants (1909-1920)
Philadelphia Phillies (1920, 1922-1926)
New York Yankees (1927-1945)
Turtledove Appearances:
"The House That George Built"
POD: 1914
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Arthur "Art" Fletcher (January 5, 1885 - February 6, 1950) was an American Major League Baseball shortstop, manager and coach. He began his career with the New York Giants in 1909, and played in four World Series. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1920, and retired from play in 1922. He became the Phillies manager for four disasterous seasons from 1923-1926. After he was let go by the Phillies, he was hired as a coach by the New York Yankees in in 1927, and remained there unitl 1945. In this position, he was able to be part of some of the Yankees best years.

Art Fletcher in "The House That George Built"Edit

During his tenure with the Phillies, Art Fletcher managed minor league star George Ruth during his first stint in the majors. Despite Ruth's pleas to be allowed to play the field, Fletcher kept Ruth as a pitcher for the season and a half he played with the Phillies. Ruth had a bad arm at that point, so his pitching wasn't particularly good.

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