Milwaukee Grays all-time roster
- The following is a list of players and who appeared in at least one game for the Milwaukee Grays franchise of the National League in 1878.
1. Milwaukee Grays – The Milwaukee Grays were a short-lived baseball team that spent one year,1878, in the National League. The team was part of the League Alliance, loosely affiliated with the National League and it won 19 games and lost 13, ending up in fourth place. The teams sharp style and strong support won them a National League berth in 1878. They won 15 games and lost 45 in 1878, finishing sixth and their home games were played at Eclipse Park II. The Grays were managed by former major league right fielder Jack Chapman and their best hitter was left fielder Abner Dalrymple, who led the team in batting average, slugging percentage, runs, and doubles. Their top pitcher was Sam Weaver, who was only 12-31 but had the fourth-best ERA in the league, the club is remembered in the name of a vintage base ball club. Along with the Milwaukee Cream Citys, the Grays are dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of organized baseball in Milwaukee. Current players wear uniforms based upon the original uniforms worn back in 1878. The modern-day Milwaukee Grays are a member of the Vintage Base Ball Association,1878 Milwaukee Grays season Milwaukee Grays all-time roster Eclipse Park Baseball Reference Team Index
2. Charlie Bennett – Charles Wesley Bennett was an American professional baseball player from 1875 or 1876 through the 1893 season. He played 15 years in Major League Baseball, principally as a catcher, with the Milwaukee Grays, Worcester Ruby Legs, Detroit Wolverines and Boston Beaneaters. He played on four pennant-winning teams, one in Detroit and three in Boston, and is one of two players to play with the Detroit Wolverines during all eight seasons of the clubs existence. Bennett compiled a.256 batting average and a.340 on-base percentage during his league career with 549 runs scored,203 doubles,67 triples,55 home runs and 533 runs batted in. His greatest value, however, was as one of the greatest defensive players of his era, Bennetts baseball career ended in January 1894 when he lost both legs in a train accident in Kansas. In 1896, Detroits new baseball stadium was named Bennett Park in his honor, the Detroit Tigers played their home games at Bennett Park from 1896 through the 1911 season. Bennett has also credited with inventing the first chest protector. Bennett was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1854 and his father, Silas Bennett, was a native of Connecticut. His mother, Catherine Bennett, was a native of Pennsylvania, Charlie was the eighth of their 11 children. Bennett began his career in organized baseball as the catcher for the Neshannock team in the Pennsylvania League, Bennett was described while playing for the Neshannocks as a hard hitter who nearly broke the directors of the club because of the number of balls knocked into the Shenango river. While playing for Neshannock, Bennett was the catcher for Cal Hawk, at the end of the 1876 season, at age 22, Bennett signed with the Detroit Aetnas. The Aetnas were originally a baseball team, but the club signed several professional players at the end of the 1876 season to aid in a rivalry with the Cass Club of Detroit. The professional players signed by the Aetnas included three members of the Neshannock team—Bennett, George Creamer and Ned Williamson, Bennetts first appearance for the Aetnas was on September 21,1876, against the Boston Red Stockings at the Woodward Avenue grounds in Detroit. Bennett played third base in the game and, in the first inning, hit a hot one that glanced off the pitcher, some sources state that Bennett signed with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1877 and played in one game for that team. He ultimately signed a contract to play in 1877 for the Milwaukee club at a salary of $150 per month, during Bennetts first season with Milwaukee, the team was part of the League Alliance, which has been classified as a minor league. The following year, the Milwaukee club was admitted to the National League, Bennett made his major league debut on May 1,1878, and appeared in 49 games,35 as a catcher and 20 in the outfield. He compiled a.245 batting average for the Grays with 16 runs scored and 12 RBIs and his battery-mate, Sam Weaver lost 31 games that season. In 1879, after the Milwaukee club disbanded, Bennett joined the Worcester Ruby Legs, the team played in the National Association, which has been rated as having been a minor league in 1879
3. Frank Bliss – Frank Eugene Bliss was an American baseball player. He played college baseball at the University of Michigan from 1869 to 1873, Bliss was born in Chicago in 1852. He moved with his parents, Edwin J. Bliss and Mary Bliss, to Ann Arbor, Michigan at age five and attended the schools in Ann Arbor. Bliss enrolled at the University of Michigan as an engineering student in 1869. He played college baseball there as a catcher from 1869 to 1873, teammate Frederick Stearns said of Bliss, He was a wonder. Besides being a great catcher, he had the distinction of always playing with his trousers tucked in long boots. Baseball historian Peter Morris has cited Blisss use of boots as an early innovation of protective gear for catchers. Bliss graduated from the University of Michigan in June 1873 with a degree in civil engineering, Bliss worked as a civil engineer from 1873 to 1875 in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. In the fall of 1877, he returned to the University of Michigan as a student in the law department, in 1876, Bliss was the catcher and team captain on the West End Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An account of the 1876 West Enders noted that Bliss was a catcher with great skill and nerve. The 1876 West Enders played seven games against teams from the National League, after the 1876 season, Bliss sued the West End Club claiming that the team had agreed to pay him $1,300 but paid him less than $300. No record has been found of the lawsuits outcome, during the summer of 1877, Bliss played for minor league teams in Janesville, Wisconsin, and Buffalo, New York. In June 1878, the Milwaukee Grays lost their catchers to injuries, Bliss was a law student at Michigan at the time, but he left school to join the Grays. Bliss made his Major League Baseball debut on June 20,1878, Bliss was responsible for seven errors, including six passed balls, in the game. Two days later, he appeared in his second and final game for the Grays, in two games for the Grays, Bliss had one hit and scored one run in eight at bats and compiled a.124 batting average. Bliss was the first Michigan Wolverines baseball player to play in Major League Baseball, Bliss was admitted to the Michigan bar in 1879. He began practicing law in Cleveland with the Herrick & Herrick firm, in 1881, he married Louisa Sarah Fish and moved to Brooklyn, Ohio. He continued to practice law in Cleveland and he served for several years as a member of Brooklyns village council and was elected mayor of Brooklyn Village in 1888
4. Abner Dalrymple – Abner Frank Dalrymple was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who hit 43 home runs and batted.288 during his 12-season career spent primarily with the Chicago White Stockings. Born in Gratiot, Wisconsin, he played for the Milwaukee Grays, White Stockings, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, Dalrymple started his major league career in 1878 with the National Leagues Milwaukee Grays, and that season, he had a career-high.354 batting average. He spent the eight seasons with the Chicago White Stockings. In 1880, Dalrymple led the league in hits and runs scored, in 1881, he became the first batter known to be given an intentional walk with the bases loaded. He hit four doubles in a game in 1883, which ties him for the major league record. In 1884, aided by the right field fence at his home park, Dalrymple hit a career-high 22 home runs. On the strength of 11 home runs for the 1885 champions, for the remainder of his career, he hit only six home runs. His hitting declined in 1886, and his league career ended five years later. Dalrymple died in Warren, Illinois at age 81
5. Mike Golden – Michael Henry Golden was an American Major League Baseball player who pitched and played in the outfield for three teams during his two season career. Born in Shirley, Massachusetts, Golden made his debut on May 4,1875 for the Keokuk Westerns of the National Association. He was their starting pitcher for all 13 games the team was in the Association, completing all 13, with 113 innings pitched, a 2.79 ERA, when the Westerns folded, he signed with the Chicago White Stockings for the rest of the season. He pitched 119 innings in 14 games pitched for the White Stockings, with a 2.79 ERA, a 6–7 W-L records,12 complete games, in addition to pitching, he also played 27 games in the outfield. In total, he played in 39 games, hitting.258, the only other season he played at the top level of professional baseball, and his only Major League season, was for the 1878 Milwaukee Grays of the National League. He pitched in 22 games that year, starting 18, and he again played in the outfield when he didnt pitch, playing in a total of 55 games for the Grays, hitting.206, had 3–13 pitching record, and a 4.14 ERA. Goldens career totals include a 10–32 pitching record, a 3.37 ERA, Golden died in Rockford, Illinois at the age of 77, and is interred at Saint Mary and Saint James Cemetey in Rockford. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference