Curry Foley

  • Card series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: Buffalo
  • Team: Bisons
  • League: National League

Charles Joseph Foley (1856-1898) was a versatile Irishman with the Boston Redcaps & Buffalo Bisons over six seasons, playing OF, 1B & pitching. Foley was an early & tragic victim of the reserve clause. Already impaired by rheumatism, he was run out of the game by management who saw a faker & would neither play nor release him.

  • First batter to hit for the cycle (in 1882)
  • Participated in the first duel of left-handers, versus Bobby Mitchell of Cleveland, July 19, 1879
  • Cited by John Montgomery Ward as a prime example of the abuses of the reserve clause

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