Pop Swett

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Pop Swett
Born: (1870-04-16)April 16, 1870
San Francisco, California
Died: November 22, 1934(1934-11-22) (aged 64)
San Francisco, California
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
May 3, 1890, for the Boston Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1890, for the Boston Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .191
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 12

William Edward "Pop" Swett (April 16, 1870 – November 22, 1934) was a catcher in Major League Baseball in 1890.[1]


Swett was born in San Francisco, California. He started his professional baseball career in 1888, with the San Francisco Haverlys of the California League.[2] Swett played there for a couple of seasons and then ventured east in 1890 to join the Boston Reds of the Players' League. As the second youngest player in the league, he was the team's backup catcher to Morgan Murphy. Swett batted .191 in 37 games.[1] The Reds won the pennant. However, the Players' League folded after the season, and Swett returned to the west coast.

Swett played baseball in California for the next few seasons. While with Stockton in 1893, he played so well The Sporting Life wrote that he was "without doubt one of the best catchers on the coast." Even though Swett was only 23 years old, the newspaper referred to him as "Pop Swett."[3]

Swett played professional baseball as late as 1896. He died in San Francisco at the age of 64.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Pop Swett Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  2. ^ "Pop Swett Minor League Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  3. ^ "Stockton Changes". The Sporting Life, May 6, 1893, p. 14.

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