- Card series: Beginnings: 1880's
- City: Cincinnati
- Team: Red Stockings (AA)
- League: American Association
Clarence G. Baldwin (1864-1897)
“Clarence Baldwin, known in the baseball world as ‘Kid’ Baldwin, once a famous catcher, has been taken to the Cincinnati Hospital as a charity patient, a hopeless wreck from dissipation. He cannot live long.” New York Times, June 3, 1897.
Baldwin died five weeks later, on July 10, 1897. It was a sad coda to the short, tumultuous life of an infamously strong-armed and strong-willed player.
- Kid’s best offensive year was 1887, but stats never captured his prowess behind the plate
- Many in and out of the game tried to help Baldwin’s sobriety, but he evaded all aid