From BR Bullpen
Ervin F. Beck
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 168 lb.
- Debut September 19, 1899
- Final Game September 27, 1902
- Born July 19, 1878 in Toledo, OH USA
- Died December 23, 1916 in Toledo, OH USA
 Biographical Information
Erve Beck came up at age 20 in 1899, but played most of his games in 1901 with the Cleveland Blues, the first year that the American League was a major league. He was the regular second baseman for the team, hitting .289 and showing quite a bit of power with 6 homers. Those 6 home runs were especially important because the team as a whole had only 12 home runs for all of 1901, and Beck's contribution represented half of that total.
According to the B-R Bullpen entry for John Skopec, Beck was the first player to homer in the newly formed (major league) American League.
He had played minor league ball since age 16 in 1895.