Abner Powell

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Abner Powell
Pitcher
Born: (1860-12-15)December 15, 1860
Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
Died: August 7, 1953(1953-08-07) (aged 92)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 4, 1884 for the Washington Nationals
Last MLB appearance
October 13, 1886 for the Cincinnati Red Stockings (AA)
Career statistics
WinsLosses 8-18
Earned run average 4.00
Strikeouts 97
Teams

Abner Charles Powell (December 15, 1860 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania – August 7, 1953 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was a Major league baseball player who was a member of the Washington Nationals of the Union Association in 1884. He later played for the Baltimore Orioles and the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1886. He also managed and owned several teams.

Powell at center in suit with the 1902 New Orleans Pelicans.

Powell was more famous, however, for innovations that changed baseball. In 1887, Powell came up the idea of using an infield tarpaulin so that fields could be ready immediately after rain storms.[citation needed] He also introduced Ladies Day, with the first scheduled recurring game on April 29 that same year.[citation needed] The idea was to create an environment in the stands free of unsavory characters and conduct, as well as to make baseball a family oriented event. This practice is still in place today. His most important innovation, however, was the introduction of the rain check, which added a perforated stub to tickets so that fans could attend a make-up game if the scheduled game was cancelled due to rain.[citation needed]

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