William Buck

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William Buck
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W. H. Buck, 1870 Captain of the Princeton baseball team
William F. Buck
OccupationShort Stop, Third Base, Left Field, Second Base, Catcher, Center Field, Umpire
Years active1866-1871
EmployerNational Association

William F. Henley Buck was an American professional baseball player and umpire.

Early life[edit]

Buck was the son of John M. and Mary B.[1] and had a sister. His university preparation was at St. Timothy's Hall in Catonsville, Maryland, and his undergrad study was at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1870. He then did post-graduate study in medicine for two years at the University of Maryland. He was a Presbyterian and did not marry.[2]

At Princeton[edit]

He was a member of the Princeton University's Nassau Baseball Club first nine (starting line-up) in the 1866-67 season as a short stop.[3] The team was also known as the Pickwick Nine, playing under that name because the faculty refused to allow them to leave campus for some games.[4] In 1867-68 he played at third base,[5] left field,[6] and second base.[7] The team became known as the Princeton University Baseball Club in 1868-69. That year he remained listed as third baseman for the first nine, again occasionally playing at second.[8] In 1869-70 he was made captain and played center field, but also played short stop, second base,[9] and even catcher.[10] Buck graduated in 1870, and in 1871 moved back to his home of Baltimore. He continued to be involved in amateur baseball. In May, 1871 he was the umpire of a game between Harvard and Brown.[11]


Princeton's Pickwick Nine in 1866, Buck is on far right.

In Baltimore, he joined the local team, the Baltimore Pastime Club, playing in games against the Philadelphia Athletic Club,[12][13] and the Olympics of Washington, DC.[14] In October 1871, he played in a game which was arranged to as a benefit to support victims of the Great Chicago Fire.[15] Buck also umpired 2 National Association games in 1871, as the home plate umpire in both games.[16][17] He also played for the Baltimore Marylands and Baltimore Enterprise clubs.[2]


Buck died June 10, 1890 in Boston, Massachusetts[1][18] and was buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore.[19]


  1. ^ a b Died, The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) June 11, 1890, page 2 accessed November 10, 2016 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7390040/died_the_baltimore_sun_baltimore/
  2. ^ a b Twenty Years After, Class of '70, Princeton College, p10
  3. ^ Presby & Moffatt 1901, p78
  4. ^ Presby & Moffatt 1901, p80
  5. ^ Presby & Moffatt 1901, p83
  6. ^ Presby & Moffatt 1901, p84
  7. ^ Presby & Moffatt 1901, p85
  8. ^ Presby & Moffatt 1901, p86
  9. ^ Presby & Moffatt 1901, p87
  10. ^ Presby & Moffatt 1901, p89
  11. ^ Base Ball, Boston Journal (Boston, Massachusetts), Monday, May 15, 1871 , Volume: XXXVIII Issue: 12729 Page: 1
  12. ^ Base Ball - Philadelphia vs. Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) June 17, 1871, page 4, accessed November 10, 2016 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7389665/the_baltimore_sun/
  13. ^ Athletic vs Pastimes, The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) October 3, 1871, page 3, accessed November 10, 2016 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7390013/the_philadelphia_inquirer/
  14. ^ Base Ball, Evening Star (Washington, DC) October 6, 1871, page 4, accessed November 10, 2016 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7390025/base_ball_evening_star_washington/
  15. ^ Base Ball Game in Aid of Chicago, The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) October 18, 1871, page 4, accessed November 10, 2016 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7390035/base_ball_game_in_aid_of_chicago_the/
  16. ^ Retrosheet
  17. ^ A Philadelphia Base Ball Victory, The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) June 19, 1871, page 1, accessed November 10, 2016 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7389679/the_philadelphia_inquirer/
  18. ^ Princeton University. General Catalogue of Princeton University 1746-1906. The University, 1908. p227, accessed November 10, 2016 at https://archive.org/stream/generalcatalogue00prinuoft#page/226/mode/2up
  19. ^ Died, The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) June 14, 1890, page 2, accessed November 10, 2016 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7390488/died_the_baltimore_sun_baltimore/