Mother Watson

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Mother Watson
Born: (1865-01-27)January 27, 1865
Middleport, Ohio
Died: November 23, 1898(1898-11-23) (aged 33)
Middleport, Ohio
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
May 19, 1887, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
May 27, 1887, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Games pitched 2
Innings pitched 14
Earned run average 5.79

Walter L. "Mother" Watson (January 27, 1865 – November 23, 1898) was an American professional baseball player in the mid-1880s. Born in Middleport, Ohio in 1865, he started two games at pitcher for the 1887 Cincinnati Reds of the American Association. He completed one of his starts, and in 14 innings pitched, he had a 5.79 ERA, and was 0–1.In 1888, he played for the Zanesville Kickapoos of the Tri-State League.[1] In November 1898, Watson was shot in an "Election Day" saloon brawl and later died of his injuries at the age of 33. [2] He is interred at Middleport Hill Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "Mother Watson". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Zanesville, Ohio Times Recorder, November 25, 1898
  3. ^ "Murders". TheDeadBallEra. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 

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