Piggy Ward

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Piggy Ward
Right fielder/Second baseman
Born: (1867-04-16)April 16, 1867
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Died: October 24, 1912(1912-10-24) (aged 45)
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 1883, for the Philadelphia Quakers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1894, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Games played 221
Batting average .286
Runs scored 172
Career highlights and awards
  • 17 Consecutive Times On Base (Official)

Frank Gray "Piggy" Ward (April 16, 1867 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania – October 24, 1912 in Altoona, Pennsylvania and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania), was a professional baseball player who played as an outfielder in the Major Leagues from 1883 to 1894. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Senators, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Ward shares with Earl D. Averill the MLB record of the most consecutive plate appearances resulting in officially getting on base (through either a walk, a base hit or being hit by a pitch) in major league history. From June 16 to June 19 in 1893, Ward officially reached base a record 17 times in 17 consecutive plate appearances, getting 8 hits, drawing 8 walks and being hit by a pitch once.[1]

Ward also holds the record for the youngest non-pitcher to play in the National League, when he made his debut in 1883 aged 16 years, 1 month and 27 days in 1883.[2]


  1. ^ "Record: 17 Consecutive Plate Appearances Reaching Base". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Oldest & Youngest Records". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 

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