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William Abrams

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  • Series: Pioneer Portraits I: 1850-1874
  • City: Lansingburgh
  • Team: Union of Lansingburgh
  • League: National Association (NABBP)

Abrams is an enigmatic figure of baseball’s earliest days. Pictured with Lansingburgh, what little documentation exists places Abrams as a veteran of the Union of Morrisania team. In fact, he was reported to be the only pre-Civil War member of the Unions to play on their sole championship team in 1867. A report in the NY Times of Aug. 4, 1862 describes a game with Newark in which Abrams switched mid-game from catcher to SS and made a spectacular grab in which he “jumped so high for it he might have passed for Mercury.” A footnote to that game reveals a bonhomie that soon was lost in the rowdy early days: both teams retired to a local hotel for dinner where the players’ “cheers were given for the Umpire, who returned thanks for the honor.”

  • Abrams’ teammates included Dave (The Old Man) Birdsall and perhaps the most oddly nick-named character in the game: Charley Pabor, “The Old Woman in the Red Cap.”

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Myron Allen

  • Series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Kansas City
  • Team: Cowboys
  • League: American Association

Myron Smith Allen (1854-1924) was an outfielder for the NY Gothams, Boston Beaneaters, Cleveland Blues and Kansas City Cowboys in the 1880s. In fact virtually his whole tenure in MLB was with the American Association as his stints with the NL NY and Boston clubs were precisely one game each.

  • Allen’s ’87 season with the Blues was by far his most productive with a .276 BA in 463 ABs
  • He drove in one run in the NL and 87 in the AA
  • Allen also pitched 4 games for 3 teams, going 1-3

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Cap Anson

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  • Series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Chicago
  • Team: White Stockings
  • League: National League
  • Hall: National Baseball Hall of Fame

Adrian Constantine Anson (1852-1922) was Mr. Longevity, a big, brawling cyclone of controversy & batsmanship unrivaled in the early days of pro ball. He set hitting standards that only the greatest future players would approach or break. He also, by dint of his ferocious personality, may have been the single greatest force for segregation in baseball until Branch Rickey began to reverse that sad estate.

  • Played a record 27 consecutive years in the NL
  • First batter to 3000 hits, using his powerful arms to create line drives with a short swing
  • Managed the Chicago NL team to five pennants and still holds the Cub franchise records for hits, doubles, runs scored and runs batted in
  • Elected to Hall of Fame: 1939

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Wally Andrews

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  • Series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Omaha
  • Team: Omahogs
  • League: Western Association

William Walter Andrews (1859-1940) played for the Louisville franchise of the American Association which lasted ten years under two identities, both of which employed Andrews. Wally debuted with the Eclipse in May of 1884 as a right-handed first baseman and utility player. He got into 14 games that season and hit a meager .204. He played in the minors for awhile and had a bang-up year for the Memphis Browns in 1887 where he hit .422 and 28 HRs. Not surprisingly, Louisville gave him another look. By 1888, the team was the Colonels and Andrews, now age 29, got into 26 games where he fared a bit poorer than his first stint, managing a .194 average in 93 at-bats. He did yeoman service defensively, however, making only a single error in 294 chances for a .997 fldg %.

  • Born on the eve of the Civil War in Philadelphia, Andrews died in Indianapolis just as World War II raged in Europe, on January 20, 1940

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Ed Andrews

  • Series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Philadelphia
  • Team: Quakers
  • League: National League

George Edward Andrews (1859-1934) was an outfielder for the Philadelphia Quakers from 1884-89 before becoming caught up in the turbulence of the early ‘90s when leagues and teams were forming and folding with abandon. He played the last year of the Indianapolis Hoosiers’ franchise in 1889, then for the Players’ League (John Montgomery) Ward’s Wonders of Brooklyn in 1890 and (Mike “King”) Kelly’s Killers in Cincinnati in 1891, his last season in the majors. Andrews’ lifetime batting average was .257 with more hits (830) than games played (774).

  • The speedy Andrews stole 35+ bases three times, including a NL-leading 56 in 1886
  • The Ohio native was a rare college graduate in the early days of baseball, an alumnus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland

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