December 27, 1876|
|Died: November 25, 1932
|September 15, 1898, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 8, 1914, for the Indianapolis Hoosiers|
|Runs batted in||240|
Charles Carbitt Carr (December 27, 1876 – November 25, 1932) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman who played seven seasons with the Washington Senators (1898), Philadelphia Athletics (1901), Detroit Tigers (1903–1904), Cleveland Naps (1904–1905), Cincinnati Reds (1906), and Indianapolis Hoosiers (1914). Born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Carr attended Lehigh University before playing in the major leagues. Over his seven-year major league career, Carr had a .252 batting average with 493 hits, 106 extra base hits, and 240 runs batted in (RBIs).
Carr had his best season in 1903 with the Detroit Tigers when he hit .281 in 135 games, scoring 59 runs, and collecting 154 hits, 79 RBIs, 23 doubles, 11 triples, and 10 stolen bases. His 1903 hitting performance was second only to Sam Crawford among the Tigers in extra base hits and RBIs. Carr's 1903 performance also ranked among the American League leaders in at bats (548), RBIs (79), singles (118), and outs (407). Carr also showed great range as a first baseman in 1903; his range factor of 10.27 was higher than that year's league average of 7.41.
Carr holds the Detroit Tigers team record for fewest base on balls in a season by a player with at least 500 plate appearances. In 1903, he walked only 10 times in 573 plate appearances, a rate of one walk in every 57 at-bats.
His major league career appeared to be at an end in 1906, when he was a backup first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, batting .191 in 22 games. But he continued playing for the Indianapolis Indians for several years. When the Federal League formed a third major league, Carr made a comeback and won a starting spot for the Indianapolis Hoosiers. At age 37, Carr hit .295 for the Hoosiers and collected 11 doubles, 10 triples, 19 stolen bases, and 69 RBIs.
After his playing career ended, Carr operated a successful sporting goods manufacturing business, Bradley & Carr, which supplied baseballs to several minor leagues.
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