Tommy McCarthy

During a relatively short late 19th century playing career, Tommy…
Bill Merritt (COURTESY OF MARK PESTANA)

Bill Merritt

Bill Merritt was a backup catcher during the 1890s, appearing…

Joe Quinn

Joe Quinn’s 17 seasons between 1884 and 1901 marked the first…
Jack Ryan (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

Jack Ryan

Of all the factors that influenced the development of baseball…

Frank Selee

A small, mild-mannered, prematurely bald man with a prominent…
Arthur Soden (PUBLIC DOMAIN)

Arthur Soden

Arthur Soden was like many nineteenth century capitalists: He…

South End Grounds (Boston)

The End of the Beginning When the Boston Braves left the field…
James "General" Stafford (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

General Stafford

Despite not having the longest of careers and being only slightly…

Chick Stahl

Before committing suicide under mysterious circumstances in the…
Harry Staley (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

Harry Staley

In the box, Beaneater Harry Staley pitched a mystifying curve,…
Jack Stivetts (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

Jack Stivetts

He threw a ball as fast as Amos “The Hoosier Thunderbolt”…
Harry Stovey (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

Harry Stovey

There exists a long list of forgotten nineteenth-century baseball…
Jim Sullivan (PUBLIC DOMAIN)

Jim Sullivan

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained…
Marty Sullivan (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

Marty Sullivan

Marty Sullivan was a ballplayer who, at his prime, “was second…

Billy Sullivan Sr.

Though "never very strong in stick work," his Deadball Era contemporaries…
Fred Tenney (BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, MCGREEVEY COLLECTION)

Fred Tenney

When it came to fielding prowess, the consensus was that Fred…

Tommy Tucker

Tommy Tucker’s career highlight came in 1889, when he hit .372,…

Vic Willis

As a rookie in 1898, Vic Willis won 25 games as a key member…
George Yeager (COURTESY OF RICH BOGOVICH)

George Yeager

“A ball player entertains thousands of people who go to see…