List of Major League Baseball players with unidentified given names

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Forty individuals who played professional baseball at the major league level lack identified given names. Identification of players remains difficult due to a lack of biological information; a Brooklyn, New York directory, for instance, lists more than 30 men that could be the professional player "Stoddard".[1] Possible mistakes in reading box scores from the 19th century could have also led to players without given names: "Eland", for example, could be another player from the Baltimore Marylands roster whose name was simply misread.[2] Four of the 40, McBride, Stafford, Sterling, and Sweigert, were local players added to the Philadelphia Athletics team by manager Bill Sharsig for Philadelphia's last game of the season against the Syracuse Stars on October 12, 1890. Sterling pitched five innings for the Athletics and conceded 12 runs. McBride, Philadelphia's center fielder, and Stafford, the team's right fielder, both failed to reach base, but left fielder Sweigert reached base on a walk and stole a base. Society for American Baseball Research writer Bill Carle "doubt[s] we will ever be able to identify them".[3]

Despite their relative anonymity, several players have received media coverage describing their games. Sporting Life noted that "the visitors took kindly to the curves of Sterling", as "the Athletics were easily beaten by the Stars" in Philadelphia's contest against Syracuse.[4] In 1872, The New York Times described O'Rouke as a new player on Eckford of Brooklyn who "appear[ed] to be an improvement over the recent incumbents". In his only game, the pitcher allowed 15 runs to score in a complete game against the Troy Trojans.[1] Lewis received a mention in Sporting Life (pictured) that recapped his performance, and another in the Pittsburgh Press, with a synopsis summarizing the game as "one of the greatest slugging matches ever seen since curve pitching came into vogue."[5][6]

Of the 40 athletes with an unidentified given name, Washington Nationals third baseman Larkin played in the most games at the major league level, with 17, followed by Scott at 13. Larkin also has the most hits among players without an identified given name, with 17, followed again by Scott at 12. Among pitchers, Lewis has the highest earned run average, at a 60.00 mark, whereas McDoolan has the lowest at 3.00, though he allowed 24 total runs.

Players without identified given names[edit]

A faded clipping from Sporting Life, dated July 19, 1890.
A Sporting Life clip that describes Lewis as a "much disgusted ball tosser", taken from an article dated July 19, 1890.[5]
Professional players without identified given names
Name Position(s) Team(s) Year(s) played Statistics Reference(s)
Boland Third baseman Brooklyn Atlantics 1875 [7]
Booth Shortstop New Haven Elm Citys 1875 [8]
Carroll Left fielder Washington Nationals 1884 [9]
Collins Right fielder St. Louis Browns 1892 [10]
Edwards Center fielder
Pitcher
Brooklyn Atlantics 1875 [11]
Eland Right fielder Baltimore Marylands 1873 [12]
Evans Left fielder New Haven Elm Citys 1875 [13]
Franklin Center fielder Washington Nationals 1884 [14]
Gavern Second baseman Brooklyn Atlantics 1874 [15]
Gilroy Catcher
Right fielder
Chicago White Stockings
Philadelphia Athletics
18741875 [16]
Hellings Second baseman Brooklyn Atlantics 1875 [17]
Higby Right fielder Brooklyn Atlantics 1872 [18]
Hillebrand Center fielder Chicago Orphans 1902 [19]
Jones Left fielder Washington Nationals 1884 [20]
Jones Third baseman New York Metropolitans 1885 [21]
Larkin Third baseman Washington Nationals 1884 [22]
Leonard Right fielder St. Louis Browns 1892 [23]
Lewis Left fielder
Pitcher
Buffalo Bisons 1890 [24]
Long Right fielder Louisville Colonels 1888 [25]
Macey Catcher Philadelphia Athletics 1890 [26]
McBride Center fielder Philadelphia Athletics 1890 [27]
McCloskey Catcher Washington Nationals 1875 [28]
McDoolan Pitcher Baltimore Marylands 1873 [29]
McGuire Pitcher Cincinnati Reds 1894 [30]
McRemer Right fielder Washington Nationals 1884 [31]
Murphy Catcher
Left fielder
Boston Reds 1884 [32]
O'Rourke Pitcher Eckford of Brooklyn 1872 [33]
Quinlan Shortstop Philadelphia White Stockings 1874 [34]
Quinn Outfielder
Shortstop
Brooklyn Atlantics 1875 [35]
Scott Right fielder
Third baseman
Baltimore Monumentals 1884 [36]
Shaffer Right fielder Brooklyn Atlantics 1875 [37]
Sheridan Left fielder Brooklyn Atlantics 1875 [38]
Smith Pitcher
Right fielder
Baltimore Monumentals 1884 [39]
Spencer Shortstop Washington Nationals 1872 [40]
Stafford Right fielder Philadelphia Athletics 1890 [41]
Sterling Pitcher Philadelphia Athletics 1890 [42]
Stoddard Outfielder Brooklyn Atlantics 1875 [43]
Sullivan Right fielder New Haven Elm Citys 1875 [44]
Sweigert Left fielder Philadelphia Athletics 1890 [45]
Wills Center fielder Washington Nationals
Kansas City Cowboys
1884 [46]
Wood Second baseman Baltimore Canaries 1874 [47]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Batesel, Paul (2012). Players and Teams of the National Association, 1871–1875. McFarland. pp. 101, 123. ISBN 978-0-7864-7012-9. 
  2. ^ Nemec, David (2012). The Rank and File of 19th Century Major League Baseball: Biographies of 1,084 Players, Owners, Managers and Umpires. McFarland. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-7864-9044-8. 
  3. ^ Bill Carle (2007). "SABR Biographical Research Committee September/October 2007 Report". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Base Ball: The Association." (PDF). Sporting Life (LA84 Foundation). October 18, 1890. 
  5. ^ a b "Base Ball: Players' League" (PDF). Sporting Life (LA84 Foundation). July 19, 1890. 
  6. ^ "A Disastrous Experiment". The Pittsburgh Press. July 13, 1890. 
  7. ^ "Boland". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Booth". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Carroll". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Collins". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Edwards". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Eland". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Evans". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Franklin". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Gavern". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gilroy". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Hellings". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Higby". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Hillebrand". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Jones". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Jones". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Larkin". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Leonard". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Lewis". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Long". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Macey". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  27. ^ "McBride". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  28. ^ "McCloskey". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  29. ^ "McDoolan". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  30. ^ "McGuire". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  31. ^ "McRemer". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Murphy". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  33. ^ "O'Rourke". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Quinlan". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Quinn". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Scott". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Shaffer". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Sheridan". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Smith". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Spencer". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  41. ^ "Stafford". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  42. ^ "Sterling". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Stoddard". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  44. ^ "Sullivan". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  45. ^ "Sweigert". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  46. ^ "Wills". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  47. ^ "Wood". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2014.