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Encyclopedia > Charlie Gould

Charles Harvey Gould (August 21, 1847April 9, 1917) was a professional baseball player during the 1860s and 1870s. He played for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869-1870, the only local man on the team, and he returned home in 1876 to lead the new club that was a charter member of the National League. In all he played about twelve seasons of "bare hand" first base for major teams. August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... April 9 is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (100th in leap years). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ...

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Born 1847 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Gould was the regular first baseman for the local Buckeye club by 1866, its first season as a member of the National Association of Base Ball Players. Two years later he moved to the rival Cincinnati Red Stockings. Bolstered by a Eastern imports, Cincinnati vanquished the Buckeyes and other regional rivals that summer and fared well against all but the strongest teams on a tour from Washington to Albany to Cleveland in the fall. Nickname: The Queen City Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1819 Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area    - City 206. ... The National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) was founded in 1857 by sixteen baseball clubs located in the New York metropolitan area. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


When the NABBP permitted professionalism for 1869, manager Harry Wright completed the first fully professional team by hiring five new men to join himself, Gould, and three other incumbents, all from the East. Gould of Cincinnati and the eastern trio had joined the team only one year earlier; Harry Wright retained no one from his first, chiefly local 1867 team. Harry Wright William Henry Wright (January 10, 1835 – October 3, 1895) was an English-born American professional baseball player, manager, and developer. ...


The Red Stockings toured the continent undefeated in 1869 and may have been the strongest team in 1870, but the club dropped professional base ball after the second season.


1871

Harry Wright Wright was hired to organize a new team in Boston, where he signed Gould and two other Red Stockings for 1871. Wright brought along the nickname, too. Charlie Gould remained two seasons at first base for the new Boston Red Stockings, so he was part of the club's and Boston's first championship team. He was replaced for 1873 by Jim O'Rourke who would be one of the biggest stars in the game for the next twenty years. The Boston Red Stockings was a name used by two Boston baseball teams. ... Jim ORourke, the baseball player. ...


After four seasons as the regular first baseman on great professional teams, Gould was a marginal player, a regular player only for teams struggling to remain in business, not contend for the championship. Baltimore and New Haven in the last two NA seasons achieved more than some but they were big losers on the field. New Haven made him captain, so he had most of the duties of a modern field manager and he gets manager's credit in the historical record. Next year the new National League excluded New Haven but one charter member was a new club in Cincinnati, which hired Charley Gould to lead it. The new Cincinnatis were a woefully weak tailender but the club did survive and Charlie played another season at first, relieved of his leadership role. The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ...


Gould died 1917 in Flushing, New York about four months before his 70th birthday. He is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati. Flushing is a section of the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ... Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum (733 acres) is a notable, nonprofit garden cemetery and arboretum located at 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


References

  • Baseball-Reference. "Charlie Gould". Retrieved 2006-08-28.
  • Ellard, Harry ([1908] 2004). Base Ball in Cincinnati: A History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. ISBN 0-7864-1726-9
  • Retrosheet. "Charlie Gould". Retrieved 2006-08-29.
  • Find-a-Grave. "Charles Harvey Gould". Retrieved 2006-08-28.
  • Wright, Marshall (2000). The National Association of Base Ball Players, 1857-1870. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. ISBN 0-7864-0779-4

 
 

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