Rollie Zeider (born November 16, 1883 in rural Cass County, Indiana - died September 12, 1967 in Garrett, Indiana) was a Major League Baseball infielder (playing over 100 games at all four infield positions in his career) for the Chicago White Sox (1910-1913), New York Yankees (1913), Chicago Chi-Feds/Chicago Whales in the Federal League from 1914-1915, and lastly the Chicago Cubs (1917-1918). He is one of the few players to play for three different Chicago teams in his career, and one of the only to do it in the 20th century. Even more amazing, he and Dutch Zwilling are the only 20th century players to play in the same city in three different Major Leagues (American League (White Sox), Federal League (Chi-Feds/Whales), and the National League (Cubs).
Strangely, Zeider contributed to another odd record along with Zwilling. The 1916 Cubs were one of the only teams in history, and the most recent until 1999 to have three players whose last names begin with "Z": Zeider, Zwilling, and Heinie Zimmerman. The 1999 Texas Rangers were the first and only since then with Jeff Zimmerman, Todd Zeile, and Gregg Zaun.
Nicknamed "Bunions", right-handed Zeider was one of the fastest players in the game, even at the time. With the White Sox, as a rookie, Zeider accomplished what would end up being his career-high in stolen bases with 49. Not only that, but his 49 stolen bases stood as the record for stolen bases by a rookie until 76 years later, when John Cangelosi, another White Sox player, broke it in 1986 with 50.
His nickname came from the blood poisoning he received when Ty Cobb rammed his spike into his "bunion" during a play.
Zeider's speed was not the only worthy part of his game, but it was very appealing. He reached the top 5 in the category twice (1910, his rookie season), and when he had 47 in 1912. Besides those two season, Zeider's early career came as a utility player. Not until 1914 did he begin to play regularly every year. By that point, his speed had decreased, but he still came in 8th in the league in steals with 35 that year (tied with Tom Downey and Baldy Louden). It was also, arguably, his best full season.
In a 9-season career, he batted .240 with 5 home runs and 253 RBIs in 941 games. He stole 223 bases in his career and scored 393 runs. He had 769 hits in 3210 at bats. In his only World Series appearance (1918 with the Cubs), Zeider had two plate appearances and walked twice.
Zeider played for the minor-league Toledo Mud Hens in 1919.