Bones Ely

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Bones Ely
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Born: (1863-06-07)June 7, 1863
North Girard, Pennsylvania
Died: January 10, 1952(1952-01-10) (aged 88)
Imola, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 19, 1884, for the Buffalo Bisons
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1902, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .258
Home runs 24
Runs batted in 657

William Frederick "Bones" Ely (June 7, 1863 – January 10, 1952) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. He was born in North Girard, Pennsylvania.[1]

During the 1904 season, Bones Ely along with his brother Ben Ely purchased the Portland Browns of the Pacific Coast League.[2] Bones Ely managed 33 games that season before resigning his position on May 16.[3] The Ely brothers sold their shares of the team to Walter McCredie and William Wallace McCredie before the end of the season.[4]

Ely died at the age of 88 in Imola, California.[1] His remains were cremated[1] and placed in the Chapel of the Chimes columbarium in Oakland.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Bones Ely". Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Elys Control Browns; Agreement Completed Giving Them Option On Stock". The Oregonian. January 26, 1903. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Dugdale Is Coming". The Oregonian. May 17, 1904. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "Remnant Of Browns Return; Portland Baseball Players Will Scatter Friday for the Winter". The Oregonian. November 30, 1904. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "William Frederick "Bones" Ely". Retrieved 2006-11-29. 

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