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1. Tom Bannon – Thomas Edward Bannon, nicknamed Ward Six and Uncle Tom, was a professional baseball player and manager. He played Major League Baseball for the New York Giants in 1895 and 1896, Bannon was 5 feet,8 inches tall and weighed 175 pounds. Bannon was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1869 and grew up in Saugus and he started his professional baseball career in 1891. During the 1895 season, he played for the Eastern Leagues Scranton Coal Heavers, early in the following season, Bannon appeared in two games for the Giants, which was his last major league experience. He spent most of the summer in the Atlantic League, where he batted.387, from 1897 to 1901, Bannon played for various teams in the Eastern League. Among his teammates in those years was his brother, Jimmy. In 1898, while with the Montreal Royals, Tom batted.287, the following year, he batted.274 and led the league with 64 stolen bases. Bannon went to the Connecticut State League in 1902, played there for three seasons, and then moved on to the New England League, in 1909, he became a player-manager for the Lowell Tigers. In 1910, he was a player-manager of the Connecticut Associations Middletown Jewels and he managed two teams in 1911. Bannon was an umpire in the New England League for several years afterwards and he died in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1950 and was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
2. Fatty Briody – Charles F. Fatty Briody, nicknamed Alderman, was a professional baseball player whose career spanned from 1877 to 1888. He played eight seasons in Major League Baseball— for the Troy Trojans, Cleveland Blues, Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, St. Louis Maroons, Kansas City Cowboys, Detroit Wolverines, Briody was born in Lansingburgh, New York, four miles outside of Troy, New York. He spent most of his life in Lansingburgh, though he lived in Wisconsin for nine years as a child, Briody began his professional baseball career at age 18 playing for the Troy Haymakers of the League Alliance. By 1879, he was playing for New Bedford in the National Association, on June 16,1880, Briody received a one-game tryout in the major leagues with the Troy Trojans of the National League. Appearing as the catcher in a 9-5 loss against Cleveland, Briody went hitless in four at bats for a.000 batting average, during the 1881 season, Briody played in the Eastern Championship Association for the Washington Nationals and New York Metropolitans. Briody played at the position for the Cleveland Blues of the National League from 1882 to 1884. He made his league debut on June 16,1882. He compiled a.258 batting average with 13 doubles and 13 RBIs and he also compiled a.902 fielding percentage with 251 putouts and 89 assists. In 1883, the Blues acquired catcher Doc Bushong, and Briody became a backup to Bushong, Briody appeared 33 games as a catcher that year and also made appearances at first, second, and third bases. His batting average declined to.234, and his fielding percentage at catcher was.900 with 171 putouts and 46 assists, at the start of the 1884 season, Briody resumed his role as Bushongs backup. He appeared in 42 games as catcher and improved his fielding percentage to.922 with 243 putouts and 74 assists, however, his batting average declined markedly to.169. In the middle of the 1884 season, Briody jumped leagues, in 22games for the Outlaw Reds, Briodys batting average nearly doubled—he compiled a.169 average with Cleveland and hit.337 in 89 at bats for Cincinnati. After his short stint in the Union Association, Briody returned to the National League in 1885 and he was the Maroons catcher in 60 games and compiled an.893 fielding percentage with 243 putouts and 83 assists. However, on returning to the National League, Briodys batting average dropped to.195, in February 1886, St. Louis returned Briody to league control, and he was claimed by the Kansas City Cowboys the following month. Briody played in 54 games as a catcher for the Cowboys, in March 1887, after the Cowboys folded, Briody was again returned to league control where he was claimed by the Detroit Wolverines. The Wolverines had narrowly missed winning the 1886 National League pennant and were loaded with talent, including future Hall of Famers Dan Brouthers, Sam Thompson, Briody played in 33 games as the teams catcher, serving as the back-up to Charlie Ganzel and Charlie Bennett. Briody was suspended mid-season for drunkenness, the Wolverines won the National League pennant in 1887 and went on to defeat the St. Louis Browns in the 1887 World Series. Briody compiled a.227 batting average for Detroit, in 1888, Briody played his final season in the major leagues with the Kansas City Cowboys of the American Association
3. John Clapp (baseball) – Clapp, who predominately played as a catcher, also played as an outfielder. Over his career, Clapp compiled a batting average of.283 with 459 runs scored,713 hits,92 doubles,35 triples,7 home runs. Over 1,188 games played, Clapp struck out 51 times, although the majority of his career was spent in the major leagues, Clapp also played two seasons of minor league baseball. He made his MLB debut at the age of 21 and was listed as standing 5 feet 7 inches and his brother, Aaron Clapp, also played one season of MLB for the Troy Trojans. John Edgar Clapp was born on July 17,1851, in Ithaca, in 1872, Clapp began his professional career with the Middletown Mansfields of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. Over 19 games played, Clapp batted.278 with one home run, after the team folded, Clapp joined the Philadelphia Athletics. His single home run tied him for the team-lead along with Wes Fisler, Cherokee Fisher, and Tim Murnane. Next season, in 1874, Clapp led the NA in at bats per home run, his on-base percentage was a career-high, while the Athletics finished the season 33–22, third in the NA, under manager Dick McBride. In his final year with the club, Clapp batted.264 with 77 hits and 39 RBI and his putout total was second in the NA among catchers. In 1876, Clapp joined the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the National League and he finished the year tied for the team lead in games played and hits, while he led the NL in putouts as a catcher, with 333. Next season, Clapp batted a career high.318, while his on-base percentage, in the field, Clapp committed 40 errors as a catcher, second highest in the NL to Lew Browns 49. After leaving the team, Clapp joined the Indianapolis Blues, where he served as a player-manager for the 1878 season. Playing primarily in the outfield, Clapp was tied for the MLB lead in games played along with Indianapolis teammates Silver Flint, Russ McKelvy, Orator Shafer, after his one-year stint with the Blues, Clapp joined the Buffalo Bisons. Playing in 70 games, Clapp managed the team to a 46–32 record, on June 25 of that year, Clapp ended a streak of 212 consecutive games played, serving primarily as a catcher. In 1880, now playing and managing for the Cincinnati Reds, Clapp played in a total of 80 games, Clapp reported him to the Chicago police, which led to Woodruffs arrest. In 1882, after leading the NL in walks, Clapp made his debut for the New York Metropolitans of the League Alliance. In 1883, his last MLB season, Clapp played for, Clapp, then 34, spent his final professional season with the St. Paul Apostles, where he batted.180 with 11 hits and a double. After retiring from baseball, Clapp served as a sergeant in his hometown of Ithaca
4. Jack Cronin – John J. Cronin was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He played professionally from 1895 through 1912 and his MLB career included stints with the Brooklyn Grooms, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Giants, and Brooklyn Superbas. Cronin began his career pitching in two games for the Hartford Bluebirds of the Connecticut State League in July 1895. He signed with the Brooklyn Grooms, appearing in two games before receiving his release in September. In May 1896, Cronin pitched for Pottsville of the Class-B Pennsylvania State League, before joining the New York Metropolitans of the Class-A Atlantic League, where he pitched from June through July. He signed with the Bangor Millionaires of the Maine State League in 1897 and he pitched for Fall River through July 8,1898, when he was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. Released from the Pirates, Cronin joined the Detroit Tigers, then in the Class-A Western League in 1899, on September 18,1899, the Cincinnati Reds of the purchased Cronin from Detroit. In April 1900, they returned Cronin to Detroit, now a member of the American League, Cronin was released by the Tigers on June 8,1902, and he signed with the Baltimore Orioles that same day. However, the Orioles struggled with debt, Joe Kelley, star player for the Orioles and son-in-law of part-owner John Mahon, reported that the team owed as much as $12,000. Unable to afford that debt, Mahon purchased shares of the team from Kelley, with this, Mahon became the majority shareholder, owning 201 of the teams 400 shares. On July 17,1902, Mahon sold his interest in the Orioles to Andrew Freedman, principal owner of the Giants of the NL, and John T. Brush, principal owner of the Cincinnati Reds, also of the NL. That day, Freedman released Cronin, Kelley, Dan McGann, Cy Seymour, Roger Bresnahan, Freedman signed Cronin, McGann, Bresnahan, and McGinnity and to the Giants, joining McGraw, who had signed with the Giants ten days earlier. Brush signed Seymour and Kelley to the Reds, after the 1903 season, on December 12,1903, the Giants traded Cronin with Charlie Babb and $6,000 to the Brooklyn Superbas for Bill Dahlen. Cronin pitched for the Superbas in 1904, released after the season, Cronin returned to minor league baseball. He signed with the Providence Clamdiggers, later known as the Providence Grays, of the Eastern League in 1905 and he then joined the Buffalo Bisons. In 1912, Cronin pitched for Reading of the outlaw United States Baseball League, career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
5. Hugh Daily – He was known for having a surly disposition and was not well liked by baseball executives, which occasioned his frequent change of teams. However, he was a favourite of fans wherever he played, Daily was successful as a starting pitcher early in his major league career. Daily established the record for strikeouts in a season, tied a record by tossing two consecutive one-hitters, broke the record for one-hitters in a season, and threw a no-hitter. After his initial three years of success, the three years of his career were marked by quick decline in his seasonal numbers, and he was gone from organised baseball shortly thereafter. Today he remains a figure, as there is little record of his activities after his career. It is unclear where he lived and where he died and his nickname, One Arm Daily, is a reference to his left arm, he had lost his left hand to a gun accident earlier in his life. To compensate for this injury, he fixed a special pad over the affected area, Daily was well known for having a bad disposition, he has been described as surly, and having a volatile temper. Other sources add to that, mean, contemptuous, and uncommunicative, while this behaviour was not well liked by the baseball establishment, he was popular with the home crowds because of his verbal tirades against umpires and opposing players alike. Some theories attempt to explain Dailys tempestuous behaviour, one of which was put forth by Frank Vaccaro in his 1999 edition of The National Pastime. His physical condition did not allow him many opportunities to any other positions, so this compelled his managers to leave him in the game longer. He was allowed to play in the field on several occasions and he became the teams ace pitcher, winning 38 games, including notable victories against Cap Ansons Chicago White Stockings, and most of the other top professional teams in the country at the time. Dailys performance that caught the eye of Major League teams. Although he shared starts with future Hall of Famer Pud Galvin, he was able to pitch in 29 games and he was playing for the Cleveland Blues of the National League when he pitched a no-hitter on 13 September 1883 against the Philadelphia Quakers, a 1–0 victory. He finished the season with a 23–19 win–loss record, and finished in the top ten in several pitching categories. He finished second in the league with two shutouts, fifth place with a 2.42 earned run average, seventh in strikeouts with 171, and ninth in the league in wins, games pitched, and games started. However, he did lead the league with 99 walks – a remarkable total, for the 1884 season, he feasted on the upstart Union Associations lack of talent, pitching for the Chicago Browns, and for the Washington Nationals later in the season. He finished with a 28–28 win–loss record, but did have a low 2.43 ERA, Daily struck out a total of 483 batters that season, a record that was surpassed only in 1886 by both Matt Kilroy, and Toad Ramsey. Among the season totals, he struck out 19 batters in a game, on 7 July, unofficially, his reported 19 strikeout game was upgraded to 20 when it was discovered that one batter had struck out but reached first base when the pitch got away from the catcher
6. Jerry Dorgan – Jeremiah F. Jerry Dorgan was an American professional baseball player American from 1879 to 1887. He played four seasons of Major League Baseball as a fielder and catcher for five major league clubs. He appeared in 131 major league games and compiled a.282 batting average with 22 doubles, Dorgan was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1856. His parents were Cornelius Dorgan and Mary Dorgan, both of whom were immigrants from Ireland and his older brother, Mike Dorgan, played ten seasons of Major League Baseball from 1877 to 1890. Dorgan began his career as a baseball player in 1879 with the Holyoke. Dorgan made his league debut in July 1880 with the Worcester Ruby Legs in the National League. He appeared in 10 games for Worcester, nine of them as an outfielder, Dorgan also appeared in 22 games for the Albany, New York baseball club in 1880. In 1881, Dorgan played for the Brooklyn Atlantics and New York Mets in the Eastern Championship Association, the following year he returned to the major leagues with the Philadelphia Athletics. He appeared in 44 games for Philadelphia,25 as a catcher and 22 as an outfielder and he compiled a.282 average before being released by the club on September 4,1882. There is no record of Dorgan playing organized baseball in 1883, in 1884, he appeared in 34 games for the Indianapolis Hoosiers and four games for the Brooklyn Atlantics. He was released by Indianapolis in July and by Brooklyn in August 1884 and he compiled a.299 batting average in 154 at bats during the 1884 season. In 1885, Dorgan appeared in 39 games, all in the outfield and he compiled a.286 batting average for Detroit. He appeared in his last major league game as a member of the Detroit team on June 25,1885. After his major league career ended, Dorgan played two seasons in the Eastern League, for the Meriden Silvermen in 1886 and for the Hartford Dark Blues in 1887. Over the course of four league seasons, Dorgan appeared in 131 major league games and compiled a.282 batting average with 22 doubles. Alcohol was blamed for the end to his career. The Sporting Life called him an outfielder and a heavy batsman who had promise. Dorgan died in June 1891 at age 35, after being found lying inebriated at 2 a. m. with an empty liquor bottle beside him in a stable behind the Kilbourn House in Middletown, Connecticut
7. Denny Driscoll – John F. Denny Driscoll was an American Major League Baseball pitcher from 1880 to 1884. Driscoll played for the Buffalo Bisons, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, and Louisville Eclipse, while playing for Pittsburgh, he led the American Association in earned run average in 1882, at 1.21. In 1883, He was the pitcher for the Alleghenys for most of the season with an 18-21 record. Driscoll was playing professionally for local teams in Lowell and Nashua. In November,1882, he married 18-year old Mary Driscoll of Westford, soon afterwards he moved to Westford, most likely in the village of Graniteville, as the Casey family members were employed in the local granite quarries and mills. After the death of his father-in-law, Driscoll supported the Casey family with his baseball salary, in vital records of the early 1880s, he alternately listed his occupation as ball player or machinist. Denny Driscoll had two children with Mary, John William, born September 17,1883, and Lizzie, Driscoll died in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts at the age of 30 of consumption. He is interred at St. Patrick Cemetery, career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
8. Les German – Lester Stanley Les German was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He played in all or part of six seasons in the majors between 1890 and 1897 and he played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1890, then spent four seasons pitching for the New York Giants, finishing his career with the Washington Senators. His lifetime pitching record was 34 wins and 63 losses, German pitched in a total of 129 major league games. Winning 34 and losing 63, he was the pitcher in 92 games. His earned-run-average for six years was 5.49 and his best season was 1894 when he won nine games and lost eight for the Giants. His worst season was in 1896 when he won two and lost 20. He was not exclusively a pitcher, for he appeared in 14 games as a third baseman and his lifetime batting average was.206, with 408 at bats,106 hits, including eight doubles, three triples, and three home runs, and 48 runs-batted-in. In all, he played in 147 ball games at the league level. In the 1893 season, German was the most successful pitcher against his old club, the Baltimores, in the east, three of the eastern teams and two of the western did not win a game against him. In fact, German and Wilson were the best working team of the New York Batteries in 1893 according to the 1894 edition of Spaldings Official Guide to Baseball, Lester Stanley German, son of David and Mary Forthyse German, was born June 2,1869. The Garretson Family Bible shows that Lester Stanley German and Alice Mary Garretson of Aberdeen were married in August 1895 and they built a large Victorian home at 17 North Philadelphia Blvd. It is just across the street from the Ripken Museum, the house has been converted to modern use, by adding a store front. Les and Alice lived here happily, according to family, when Les was not traveling with a team – either New York or Washington of the National League, Alice went with Les on the road trips until she became a mother. After the two boys were born, Alice remained at home while Les made the rounds with his team, the little fellows died very early in their lives and are buried at Bakers Cemetery, at the top of the hill, where Alice and Les are both at rest. Alice died at the age of 34 in 1908 and several years later Les married again to another member of an old Aberdeen family and they had a daughter, Ruth, and a son, Crosby. Much of their time was spent in Florida, but they kept the home on Broadway in Aberdeen, lesters major league career came to an end following the 1897 season. He was, insofar as can be determined, traded to a team in San Francisco where the cold wind and he then began a new career as a trap-shooter. A born athlete, he was hired by the Dupont Powder Company to do trap shooting in exhibition matches and he often performed with the famous Annie Oakley
9. Frank Hankinson – Frank Edward Hankinson was an American third baseman in the early years of Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago White Stockings, Cleveland Blues, Troy Trojans, New York Gothams, New York Metropolitans, the Metropolitans and the Cowboys were members of the American Association, while his previous teams were all members of the still-existing National League. Born in New York City, Hankinson was, for the most part, a third basemen, almost all of his pitching came in 1879 with the White Stockings, when he was 15–10 in 25 starts. He was 16–12 with a solid 2.50 ERA in 266 2⁄3 innings pitched in his career, Hankinson completed all 28 of his starts,2 of them shutouts. In a 10-season career, Hankinson batted.228 with 13 home runs and 344 RBIs and he had 122 doubles and a total of 747 hits in 3272 at bats. Twenty-four days before his 55th birthday, he died in Palisades Park, career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
10. Terry Larkin – Frank S. Terry Larkin was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for five teams during a six-season career. Larkin, a right-hander, debuted on May 20,1876 for the New York Mutuals and he pitched in 1877 for the Hartford Dark Blues, posting a 29-25 record while pitching 501 innings. He then moved to the Chicago White Stockings for the 1878 and 1879 seasons, going 29-26 in 1878 and 31-23 in 1879, pitching over 500 innings each season. Larkin was a good hitter for a pitcher and finished 8th in the National League with 32 runs batted in, in the midst of the 1879 season, Larkin developed arm trouble and the main pitching duties fell to third baseman Frank Hankinson, although Larkin continued to pitch. His arm problems worsened and after five games, the 1880 Troy Trojans released him, Larkin made headlines on April 24,1883 when he shot and injured his wife and a police officer, then tried to commit suicide. Failing in that, he attempted again the next day. Larkins wife refused to press charges and he was released by the police. Larkin was arrested again on February 18,1884 for threatening to shoot his father and he is interred at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, New York. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
11. Tom Mansell – Thomas Edward Mansell was a 19th-century professional baseball player. Mansell played outfield for parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball,1879,1883, and 1884 and he played a total of eleven seasons professionally, from 1877 until 1887. His brothers John and Mike also played baseball professionally, career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
12. Jim Mutrie – James J. Mutrie was an American baseball pioneer who was the co-founder and first manager of both the original New York Metropolitans and the New York Giants. His career winning percentage of.611 was a 19th-century record, Mutrie, nicknamed Smilin Jeems and Truthful Jim, was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and grew up playing cricket, first playing baseball at age 16. He played in the minor leagues from 1877 to 1879, in 1880 he moved from New England to New York, where he obtained financial backing from August Belmont and John B. Day to start the independent New York Metropolitans, Mutrie managed the Metropolitans in 1883 and 1884, leading them to the 1884 World Series the latter year. In 1885, he switched to managing the Gothams, and is credited with giving them their nickname, with star players such as Buck Ewing, Tim Keefe and Roger Connor, the Giants won National League pennants and World Series titles under Mutrie in 1888 and 1889. Ewing, Keefe and many other players defected to the Players Leagues New York Giants in 1890, when the Giants were reorganized after the 1891 season under new ownership, Mutrie was not retained as manager. After leaving baseball, Mutrie operated a hotel in Elmira, New York and he died of cancer on Roosevelt Island in New York City at age 86. Baseball-Reference. com – managerial record Minor League playing stats New York Times obituary, January 25,1938 Jim Mutrie at Find a Grave
13. Tip O'Neill (baseball) – James Edward Tip ONeill was a Canadian professional baseball player from approximately 1875 to 1892. While playing with the St. Louis Browns from 1884 to 1889, ONeill helped the club compile a 516–247 record while winning four pennants. His adjusted.435 batting average in 1887 remains the second highest in league history. ONeill has been dubbed Canadas Babe Ruth and was inducted into both the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Each year since 1984, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has presented the Tip ONeill Award to the best Canadian baseball player, ONeill was born in 1858 at Springfield, Ontario, Canada, a village in Southwestern Ontario that was later incorporated into the city of Malahide. While ONeill was a boy, his family moved approximately 30 miles northeast to Woodstock, Ontario, in 1875, ONeill began playing organized baseball in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, and became known as The Woodstock Wonder. He also traveled with barnstorming teams, in 1881, he reportedly played in Detroit, and in 1882, he played for the New York Metropolitans in the League Alliance. ONeill made his league debut on May 5,1883. Shortly after his league debut, The Sporting Life wrote, ONeill. This is a very weak reliance nowadays, as batsmen have only to note the speed of the ball, ONeills delivery is wild and erratic -- hard work for the catcher and busy work for the field. ONeill appeared in 19 games as a pitcher for the Gothams and compiled a win–loss record of 5–12. In 1884, ONeill joined Charlie Comiskeys St. Louis Browns of the American Association and he was signed by Comiskey to replace pitcher Tony Mullane, who left the Browns after the 1883 season. ONeill compiled an 11–4 win-loss record with a 2.68 ERA, however, his arm reportedly went back on him during the 1884 season, requiring him to switch from pitching to playing in the outfield. He ended up playing 64 games as an outfielder in 1884 and was exclusively an outfielder thereafter, in 1885, ONeill missed much of the season, suffering an injury on June 10 and not returning to the lineup until September 3. Despite the injury, ONeill established himself as the Browns best batter, hitting.350 in 52 games, the 1885 Browns won the American Association pennant with a 79-33 record and tied the Chicago White Stockings in the 1885 World Series. ONeill scored four runs but hit.208 in his first World Series, ONeill played his first full season as a position player in 1886 and became one of the most valuable players in baseball. He appeared in 138 games, all as an outfielder, and led the league with 107 runs batted in. He was also among the leaders with a.328 batting average.385 on-base percentage.440 slugging percentage,190 hits,255 total bases,45 extra base hits
14. John Reilly (baseball) – John Good Reilly was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who hit 69 home runs and batted.289 during his ten-year career. In 1888, he hit 13 home runs with 103 RBI, Reilly was among the top ten of the all-time home run list from 1888 to 1892, but was never higher than seventh. He was also the first of four players to hit for the cycle on three occasions during his career and he accomplished the feat twice in 1883. His third cycle came on August 6,1890 and he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame on June 23,2012
15. Charlie Reipschlager – Charles W. Reipschlager, was a Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1883 to 1887 with the New York Metropolitans and the Cleveland Blues in the American Association. Reipschlager began his career in 1877, playing for the Alaskas. In 1878, he moved on to the International Association, playing for the Lynn Live Oaks, in 1879, Reipschlager played for the New Bedford team of the National Association. After not playing in 1880, he played in the Eastern Championship Association in 1881 with the Washington Nationals, Albany club, and he moved back to the League Alliance in 1882, this time with the New York Metropolitans. The team would join the American Association the following year, on May 2,1883, Reipschlager made his Major League debut for the New York Metropolitans in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. In his first season in the majors, Reipschlager played in 37 games, New York finished 4th in the American Association. In 1884, Reipschlager played in 59 for New York, batted.240, the Metropolitans finished first in the American Association, but lost to the National Leagues Providence Grays in the World Series. Reipschlager went hitless in five at bats in the series, Reipschlager played in 72 for the Metropolitans in 1885, batting.243. The team dropped to 7th place in the standings that year and he finished with a.211 average in 1886, playing in 65 games. On December 26,1886, he was purchased by the Cleveland Blues, after being acquired by the Cleveland Blues, Reipschlager appeared in 63 games for Cleveland in 1887, playing 48 games at catcher and 16 games at first base. He batted.212, and collected 49 hits and 17 runs batted in, the following season, he played for the Jersey City Skeeters of the Central League, and never played professional baseball again. On March 16,1910, Reipschlager died in Atlantic City and he is buried in Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery in Queens, New York. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference Retrosheet
16. Cy Seymour – James Bentley Cy Seymour was an American center fielder and pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1896 through 1913, Seymour played for the New York Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, primarily a center fielder, Seymour retired with 1,724 hits and a lifetime batting average of.303. He was a pitcher for his first five seasons, ending his MLB career with a 61–56 win–loss record, only Babe Ruth retired with more combined wins and hits. Seymour is the Reds career leader in batting average and holds the Reds single-season record for batting average, Seymour played semi-professional baseball in Plattsburgh, New York, receiving a monthly salary of $1,000. He began his career in minor league baseball with Springfield Ponies of the Class-A Eastern League. Seymour signed with the New York Giants of the National League during the 1896 season, a sometimes wild pitcher, The New York Times described him as having a $10,000 arm and a $00,000 head. Seymour set a MLB record with three errors in one inning, a record tied by Tommy John. However, he pitched to an 18–14 win–loss record in 1897, with a 3.37 earned run average, while recording 149 strikeouts, good for second in the NL. In 1898, he won 25 games, had a 3.18 ERA, during the season, Seymour pitched three games in two days against the Baltimore Orioles. Orioles manager John McGraw later said that Seymour deserved the title of Iron Man more than Joe McGinnity. Seymour held out from the Giants for the first month of the 1899 season in a dispute, eventually signing for $2,000. He finished second in the NL in strikeouts with 142, Seymour was briefly demoted to the minor leagues after walking 11 batters in a victory against the St. Louis Perfectos on June 7,1900. Due to injuries and the ineffectiveness of the Giants outfielders, the team began to play Seymour in the outfield, Seymour last pitched for the Giants that season, at which point he converted into an outfielder full-time due to injury from throwing the screwball. With the formation of the American League as a competitor to the NL, McGraw, remembering Seymours toughness in previous seasons, signed Seymour to his team, the Baltimore Orioles, before the 1901 season. Seymour batted.303 with the Orioles that year, by 1902, the franchise began to fall into significant debt. Joe Kelley, star player for the Orioles and son-in-law of part-owner John Mahon, unable to afford that debt, Mahon purchased shares of the team from Kelley and player-manager McGraw, who had resigned from the team and signed with the Giants. With this, Mahon became the majority shareholder, on July 17,1902, Mahon sold his interest in the Orioles to Andrew Freedman, principal owner of the Giants, and John T. Brush, principal owner of the Cincinnati Reds, also of the NL. That day, Freedman and Brush released Seymour, McGraw, Kelley, McGinnity, Roger Bresnahan, Jack Cronin, and Dan McGann from their Oriole contracts
17. Sleeper Sullivan – Thomas Jefferson Sullivan was a catcher in Major League Baseball. Sullivan stood at 57 and weighed 175 lb. Sullivan was born in Ireland in 1859 and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He started his baseball career in 1877, when he played for two teams, the New England Leagues Lowell Ladies Men and the League Alliances Evansville Red. Sullivan then moved to the International Association in 1878 and the Northwestern League in 1879, in 1881, Sullivan joined the National Leagues Buffalo Bisons and made his major league debut on May 3. Sullivan was the Bisons second-string catcher, in 35 games, he batted.190 with 15 runs batted in. After the season, Sullivan jumped to the American Associations St. Louis Brown Stockings and he was the teams starting catcher in 1882, playing in 51 games, but he had the lowest batting average and OPS+ of the teams regulars. He also ranked second in the league in passed balls, with 97, the following season, Sullivan played eight games for St. Louis and one game for the Louisville Eclipse, with a batting average of.207. In 1884, he played two games for the Union Associations St. Louis Maroons, Sullivan last appeared in a major league game on May 29 of that year. By 1886, Sullivan had moved back to the part of the country. His primary position for Danbury and Reading was shortstop, Sullivan played in the Atlantic Association in 1889 and 1890 and in the New England League in 1891. His last stop would be the Eastern League in 1892 before ending his baseball career. Sullivan earned the nickname Sleeper because of his unfamiliarity with Pullman sleeper cars in an era when baseball teams traveled by train and he died in St. Louis in 1909 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference Sleeper Sullivan at Find a Grave
18. Billy Taylor (1880s pitcher) – William Henry Bollicky Bill Taylor was a pitcher, outfielder, and catcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Worcester Ruby Legs, Detroit Wolverines, Cleveland Blues, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, St. Louis Maroons, Philadelphia Athletics, Taylor was 511 and weighed 204 lb. Taylor was born in 1855 in Washington, D. C. He started his baseball career in 1879 with the Northwestern Leagues Dubuque Red Stockings. The following year, he played for San Francisco of the California League, in 1881, Taylor had stints with three teams in the National League. Mostly playing in the outfield, he batted.222 that year, Taylor spent 1882 and 1883 with the American Associations Pittsburgh Alleghenys. He had arguably his best hitting season in 1882 when – splitting his time between five positions – he batted.281 and ranked third in the league with a.452 slugging percentage, in 1883, Taylor batted.260 and also appeared in 19 games as a pitcher. He led the league with nine games finished and went 4-7 with a 5.39 earned run average, Taylor joined the new Union Association in 1884 as a member of the St. Louis Maroons. He was primarily a pitcher for St. Louis and went 25-4 on the mound with a 1.68 ERA in 263 innings and he ranked third in the league in wins, third in winning percentage, second in ERA, and first in saves. In July, however, Taylor jumped to the American Associations Philadelphia Athletics and he pitched 260 more innings for Philadelphia, compiling an 18-12 record there with a 2.53 ERA. Taylors 523 innings pitched in 1884 ended up being more than half of his league career total of 799.2. Taylor pitched six games for the Athletics in 1885, going 1-5, joining the Baltimore Orioles in 1886, his record was even worse, at 1-6. Taylor also played in the Southern Association that year and went 3-7 while batting.100, in 1887, he went 7-3 and batted.269 for the Eastern Leagues New Haven Blues. He also pitched one game for the Athletics on August 16, Taylor then ended his career with two seasons in the minors. Taylor died in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1900, list of Major League Baseball annual saves leaders Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
19. Dave Zearfoss – David William Tilden Zearfoss was a professional baseball catcher. He played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball between 1896 and 1905 for the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals and he had a.244 batting average for his career. He died in 1945 and was buried in Northwood Cemetery in Philadelphia, career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference