- Card series: 1880s: Spotted Ties
- City: New York
- Team: Metropolitans
- League: American Association
Thomas W. Forster (1859-1946) played infield and outfield for three teams in the 1880s. His major league tenure began with the Detroit Wolverines of the National League in 1882. Tom had begun in pro ball the year before with three teams in the Eastern Championship Association: the New York Qucksteps, the New York New Yorks and the Washington Nationals, who also represented Albany, NY in ’81. Following Tom’s rookie season he went out to Michigan and played for the East Saginaw club in the Northwestern League. He began there again in 1884 before getting hired by the Pittsburgh Alleghenys. He got into 35 games for the team that would finish 11th in the American Association. Before the season was out, Tom was shipped back to NY and the Metropolitans. He got into only one game in ’84 but saw action the next two years. Unfortunately, Forster couldn’t hit in the big leagues. He was .221 in ’85 and .195 in ’86 with minor league stints interspersed. He ended up out “west” with Milwaukee and Davenport before returning east for final campaigns with the Hartford, CT entry in the Atlantic Association. Tom was player-manager at the end of the 1890 season.
- Forster’s batting average over his four MLB seasons was .197. He had his sole HR with the Metropolitans in 1886