Fritz Buelow

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Fritz Buelow
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Catcher
Born: (1876-02-13)February 13, 1876
Berlin, Germany
Died: December 27, 1933(1933-12-27) (aged 57)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 28, 1899 for the St. Louis Perfectos
Last MLB appearance
July 13, 1907 for the St. Louis Browns
Career statistics
Batting average .192
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 112
Teams

Frederick William Alexander "Fritz" Buelow (February 13, 1876 – December 27, 1933) was a catcher in Major League Baseball. Born in Berlin, Germany, Buelow was the first player born in Berlin to play in the major leagues.

Buelow got his start in the major leagues after being sold in September 1899 by the Detroit Tigers of the Western League to the St. Louis Perfectos with Tom Thomas and Pat Dillard. He played nine seasons in the major leagues with the St. Louis Perfectos (1899), St. Louis Cardinals (1900), Detroit Tigers (1901–04), Cleveland Naps (1904–06), and St. Louis Browns (1907). He had a career batting average of .192 with six home runs. Though a weak hitter, Buelow was reputed to be better as a catcher. He had at least 66 assists as a catcher in five straight seasons, 1901–05, including 88 in 1904. In 1904, Buelow had 466 chances, with 378 putouts and 88 assists.

On May 4, 1902, the American League suspended Buelow for rowdyism on the field during a game on May 1.[citation needed] John McGraw was also supsended in the incident.

According to retrosheet.org, Buelow umpired a game on July 16, 1906.

Buelow died in 1933 at age 57 in Detroit, Michigan and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit.

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