The Rank and File of 19th Century Major League Baseball

Biographies of 1,084 Players, Owners, Managers and Umpires


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About the Book

With this volume, David Nemec completes his remarkable trilogy of 19th-century baseball biographies, covering every major league player, manager, umpire, owner and league official. It provides in-depth information on many figures unknown to most historians. Each detailed entry includes vital statistics, peer-driven analysis of baseball-related skills, and an overview of the individual’s role in the game. Also chronicled are players’ first and last major league games, most important achievements, movements from team to team, and much more. By bringing attention to these overlooked baseball personalities, this reference work immeasurably enriches our knowledge of 19th century major league baseball.

About the Author(s)

David Nemec, a baseball historian, novelist, and playwright, has published six novels and authored or coauthored more than 30 books on baseball. The recipient of the Sporting News Research Award, he lives in Eastport, New York.

Bibliographic Details

David Nemec
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 314
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6890-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9044-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Foreword by John Thorn      1
Introduction      3


The Pitchers      9
The Catchers      87
The First Basemen      133
The Second Basemen      150
The Third Basemen      172
The Shortstops      193
The Outfielders      215
The Managers      278
The Umpires      280
The Owners      285

Bibliography      293
Contributors      295
Index      297

Book Reviews & Awards

“this reference work will be a boon to serious baseball historians”—Library Journal; “a necessary purchase for baseball collections. Highly recommended”—Choice; “essential…highly recommended”—ARBA; “if you’re looking for something different and innovative, turn to just about any work by baseball historian David Nemec. Not only is Nemec a meticulous writer, he also is a determined researcher who enjoys nothing better than to uncover a nugget of information about a baseball player that will make you stop and think. Nemec breathes life into some of the most obscure names of baseball…a valuable reference source. It’s Interesting, entertaining and educational”—Tampa Bay Online; “offers vital statistics and biographical info on less-known figures in the history of the sport”—Reference & Research Book News.