Fred Tenney (outfielder)

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Fred Tenney
Fred Tenney Brown University.jpg
Born: (1859-07-08)July 8, 1859
Marlborough, New Hampshire
Died: June 15, 1919(1919-06-15) (aged 59)
Fall River, Massachusetts
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
April 28, 1884, for the Washington Nationals
Last MLB appearance
August 28, 1884, for the Wilmington Quicksteps
MLB statistics
Batting average .216
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 0

Fred Clay Tenney (July 9, 1859 – June 15, 1919) was a professional baseball player whose career spanned two seasons, one of which was spent with the Union Association (UA) Washington Nationals, Boston Reds, and Wilmington Quicksteps. He also played one season of minor league baseball for the Hartford Babies. Tenney spent the majority of his professional career as an outfielder, but also served as a first baseman and as a pitcher. He played collegiate ball at Brown University.

After retiring from baseball, Tenney became a lawyer and the superintendent of schools for Holliston, Massachusetts, before his death on June 15, 1919.

Early life[edit]

Tenney was born on July 9, 1859, in Marlborough, New Hampshire, to Henry Clay and Julia C. (née Stebbins) Tenney. Henry served as the principle to Mettowee Academy and to the Peterborough, New Hampshire school. Growing up, Tenney had one sibling, Lockhart S. (born November 2, 1865).[1]


Tenney attended Brown University and served as a pitcher during his senior year. Tenney lost in his college debut to Harvard, 5–3. He completed his college career with a 4–2 record.[2] He graduated the university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1880, and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.[3][4]

In 1884, Tenney began his professional career for the Nationals, where he spent the majority of his 38-game career. Over 32 games with the team, Tenney batted .235 with a triple and 32 runs scored, while playing 27 games in the outfield and six games at first base for the club.[5] He also appeared in four games as a pitcher for the Reds, allowing nine earned runs over 35.0 innings pitched. In his only game played for the Quicksteps, Tenney allowed one earned run in a complete game loss.[5] He finished his career with a 2.09 earned run average over 43.0 innings pitched.[5] The following season, Tenney played for the Hartford Babies of the Southern New England League, appearing in three games for the team.[6]

After baseball[edit]

After retiring from baseball, Tenney became a lawyer, publishing agent, then principal and superintendent of schools in Holliston, Massachusetts.[2] Tenney died on June 15, 1919, in Fall River, Massachusetts, and was interred at Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston.[5]


  1. ^ Tenney, Jonathan; Tenney, Martha Jane (1904). The Tenney family, or, The descendants of Thomas Tenney of Rowley, Massachusetts, 1638–1904. Rumford Press. p. 394. 
  2. ^ a b Harris, Rick (2012). Brown University Baseball: A Legacy of the Game. The History Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-60949-501-5. 
  3. ^ The catalogue of Brown University. E. L. Freedman and Company. 1879. p. 60. 
  4. ^ Brown, James T. (1917). Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi. James T. Brown. p. 65. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Fred Tenney". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "1885 Hartford Babies". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 

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