An October 1925 advertisement for California’s Farmers & Merchants Bank:
Famous Ball Players who are depositors in the Farmers and Merchants
Dazzy Vance, Brooklyn, Leading pitcher of the National League
Jimmy Austin, the St. Louis Browns
Ernie Johnson, with the New York Yankees
Hervey McClellan, with the Chicago White Sox
George Sisler, manager of the St. Louis Browns
Ken Williams, of the St. Louis Browns
One of Farmer’s Merchants depositors, Hervey McClellan, had an unusual distinction on June 14, 1922, while filling in at shortstop after his Chicago White Sox teammate, and fellow bank customer, Ernie Johnson was hit by a pitch and left a game against the Philadelphia Athletics. The Sox, behind Urban “Red” Faber, took 6 to 3 lead into the eighth inning.
Then, according to The Chicago Tribune‘s Irving Vaughan, McClellan was responsible for “Possibly the most unusual feature of the afternoon,” when:
“(He) started his high diving by muffing (Cy) Perkins‘ roller. (Chick) Galloway then grounded to (first baseman Earl) Sheely who heaved to second, but McClellan neglected to cover. This put runners on the two far corners and both counted when McClellan threw to the grandstand on (Jimmy) Dykes‘ grass cutter…What McClellan did was notch three errors on three consecutive batters…two runs scoring on the blunders and providing a close score.”
McClellan, who played six seasons with the White Sox, died a month after this advertisement appeared. He had been ill for more than a year, suffering from complications from two gall stone surgeries.