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John Clapp- was one of the first catchers to stand in close behind batters. He played for the Middletown Mansfields and the Philadelphia Athletics while in the National Association, catching the swift deliveries of J.D.McBride. When he caught for St. Louis (NL) in 1876, he was paid $3,000, one of the highest salaries ever paid up to that time. While with St. Louis, in '76 & '77, he caught the pitching of Grin Bradley and he refused a bribe of $5,000 in 1881, earning the nickname 'Honest John'.
Jack Burdock - was a hard drinker who suffered injuries and began drinking in 1885. He was released from the Boston (NL) team in 1888.
Joe Quest - was credited with coining the phrase 'Charley horse' used to describe a severe muscle cramp. He became a bookkeeper, and was suspected of embezzlement.
Jack Manning - As a pitcher for Boston (NA in 1875; NL in '76), he posted W-L records of 16 -2 and 18 - 5. He had a .437 slugging average in 1877.
Al Reach - his playing career was confined to the 1860's, and to the National Association years. While he was considered one of the best players of his time, his contributions to baseball as an executive and as an innovative purveyor of sporting equipment were of much greater importance. Reach's life story was one of 'rags-to-riches' ! Brought to America as an infant, and growing up a poor boy in Brooklyn, but, when he died, he was a captain of industry, worth millions!
Tim Murnane - retired from baseball in 1879 to open a saloon. He became a baseball writer. Died of a heart-attack at age 64.
Bobby Mathews - was one of the finest pitchers of the 1800's. He's said to have originated the 'spit-ball'! His W-L record for 1879, with the Providence Grays of the National League, was 13 - 6. When he retired in 1887, he was the winningest hurler in major league baseball ! He lost his mind while in his 40's.
Cap Anson - was the kingpin of 1800's baseball. An awesome slugger and team captain, he and his Chicago team were the greatest drawing cards in the game! He invented the pitching rotation. To the fans who bought the tickets and read the box scores, he WAS the National League ! He batted over.300 on every team he ever played on, in every year he played, except two, during his 27 yr. long big league career! He led the league in RBIs eight times! After being devastated by bad investments, he died p
Jim O'Rourke - His integrity and intelligence were unquestioned, leading to his being nicknamed 'Orator Jim', and he was acknowledged as the most grandiloquent man in baseball ! His 1885 salary of $4500 set a record !
True or False ? Baseball bases, in the 1830's,originally were 4-ft. high stakes/posts !
Which of the following statements, about umpires in the 1800's, is true ?