George Fair

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George Fair
Second Baseman
Born: (1856-01-13)January 13, 1856
Boston, Massachusetts
Died: February 12, 1939(1939-02-12) (aged 83)
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
July 29, 1876, for the New York Mutuals
Last MLB appearance
July 29, 1876, for the New York Mutuals
MLB statistics
Games played 1
Runs scored 0
Hits 0
Batting average .000

George T. Fair (January 13, 1856 – February 12, 1939) was a Major League Baseball second baseman, playing one game for the New York Mutuals in 1876. The twenty-year-old Fair failed to get a hit in four at-bats in his lone big-league contest on July 29, then was dropped by the club. Later that season, he turned up with Rhode Islands club of the New England League, then faded into obscurity. Born in Boston, Fair died in Roslindale, Massachusetts in 1939 at the age of 83. (At the time of his death, Fair was the last living member of the Mutuals National League franchise, which was expelled from the NL after the 1876 season.)

The first baseball encyclopedia, Hy Turkin and S. C. Thompson's Complete Encyclopedia of Baseball (first published in 1951), did not list Fair. Instead, his brief accomplishments were credited to Edward L. Thayer; later references rectified this, and Fair was given his rightful place in baseball history. (Whoever came up with Fair's pseudonym may have been thinking of Ernest Thayer, who wrote the famous baseball poem Casey at the Bat.)

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