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George Gore - was nicknamed 'piano legs'. While centerfielder for the Chicago White Stockings, Cap Anson wrote about Gore 'an all-around ball player of the first class, a hard hitter, and a fine thrower and fielder.' But George was not only a player ON the field, but he was also a 'player' off the field ! Anson went on to say of him, 'Women and wine brought about his downfall, and the last time that I saw him, he was broken down, both in heart and pocket, and willing to work at anything for food
Fred Dunlap - was nicknamed 'Sure Shot Fred' and 'King Fred' for his accuracy and dominence of the infield in the 1880's. Dunlap was 'far and away the greatest second baseman that ever lived' according to many baseball writers of the time. He hit 41 home runs, all of them before 1890. Fred broke his leg sliding, at the age of 32, and went from riches to rags.
Bill Holbert - played in an era when triples were more common than home runs, due to the spacious parks and poor quality of the balls used. Batting averages were generally low in the 19th century and more so for catchers, his was lower than the average. The 1879 Syracuse Stars, for example, had a team average of only .227, while Holbert hit .201. His best year was 1881, with Troy, when he hit .278. Even that year, nearly all â€“ 46 out of 49 â€“ of his hits were singles.
Guy Hecker - was a great-hitting pitcher. He hit 19 homers between 1882 and 1890
Harry Stovey - he was a hard hitter, clever base runner, and excellent fielder. He hit 122 home runs in a 14 yr. career. Eventually he became a police officer.
Joe Hornung - nicknamed 'Ubbo - Ubbo' because he would call out those words every time he made a hit or a good fielding play. He was so tough and hard-bitten that he refused to wear a glove when catching fly balls and grounders into the outfield. He hit 31 home runs in a 12 year career as an outfilder. But he broke his leg when he was only 37 and became an umpire.