Dan Brouthers

First Base
  • Card series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Detroit
  • Team: Wolverines
  • League: National League

Dennis Joseph Brouthers (1858-1932) was one of the truly great hitters of the 19th century. Dan (pronounced BROOTHERS) played for ten teams over 19 seasons. He led the NL in OBP five times; SLG% seven times; H & 2B three times; Rs, HRs, & RBI twice. The 19-year old Brouthers vowed to quit the game when Johnny Quigley, a catcher for Harlem in 1877, died a month after a horrific home plate collision with Big Dan. He relented after the shock subsided & went on to the most prolific career of his era.

  • One of only 29 to play in four decades
  • .342 BA is 9th all-time; .423 OBP is 15th
  • Elected to Hall of Fame: 1945

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