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Lip Pike

Lipman Emanuel Pike (May 25, 1845 - October 10, 1893) was one of the stars of 19th century baseball in the United States. He was the first player to be revealed as a professional (meaning he was paid money to play), as well as the first Jewish ballplayer. His brother, Jay Pike, played briefly for the Hartford Dark Blues during the 1877 season. Download high resolution version (500x622, 28 KB)Lip Pike (baseball player) Image from TheDeadballEra. ... Download high resolution version (500x622, 28 KB)Lip Pike (baseball player) Image from TheDeadballEra. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... Year 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Jacob Emanuel Pike was a right fielder who played in Major League Baseball during the 1877 season. ... The Hartford Dark Blues were a 19th century baseball team. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1877 throughout the world. ...


His family was of Dutch background, and his father was a haberdasher. Pike was one of the premier players of his day. He was a great slugger and one of the best home run hitters of his day, so much so that stories about balls he hit were told for quite some time after he stopped playing. A haberdasher is a person who sells small items via retail, commonly items used in clothing, such as ribbons and buttons, or completed accessories, such as hats or gloves. ...

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Baseball career

Pike first rose to prominence playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, whom he joined in 1866. He brought an impressive blend of power and speed to the team, hitting many home runs as well as being one of the fastest players around. He was a star who in one game hit 6 home runs; the final score was 67-25. In the prologue to his 1999 work, The Athletics of Philadelphia, author David M. Jordan states that Philadelphia “had been a baseball town from the earliest days of the game, fielding amateur teams since at least the early 1830s. ... 1866 (MDCCCLXVI) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ...


However, it was soon brought to light that he and two other Philadelphia players were being given $20 a week to play. Since all baseball players were ostensibly amateurs (though many were, like Pike, accepting money under the table), a hearing was set up by the sport's governing body, the National Association of Professional Baseball Players. In the end, no one showed up to the hearing, and the matter was dropped. By 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first openly professional team, and Pike's hearing, farcical as it seems to have been, paved the way for Harry Wright's professionalization of baseball. The Athletics were very successful, but Pike was dropped from the team in 1867, because he was from New York, and thus a 'foreigner,' calling his loyalty into question. The National Association of Professional Baseball Players, or simply the National Association, was founded in 1871 and lasted through the 1875 season, after which its stronger teams created the National League. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1869 throughout the world. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Harry Wright William Henry Wright (January 10, 1835 – October 3, 1895) was an English-born American professional baseball player, manager, and developer. ... Cunt BAg Twat Fuk suck my penis ring 0778851865!!!!!!Year 1867 (MDCCCLXVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... NY redirects here. ...


He moved on to the New Jersey Irvingtons, and later the New York Mutuals in 1867, and then the Mutuals again in 1868, having caught the eye of Boss Tweed, and enjoyed continued success closer to home. In 1869 he moved to the Brooklyn Atlantics, one of the top teams at the time, hitting .610. In 1870, the Atlantics, with Pike manning second base, finally ended Cincinnati's 93-game winning streak. Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... The Mutual baseball club of New York City was a 19th century ball club. ... 1869 Tobacco label featuring Boss Tweed. ... The Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn (Atlantic or the Brooklyn Atlantics) was baseballs first champion and its first dynasty. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1870 throughout the world. ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ...


In 1871, the National Association was formed as the first professional baseball league, and Pike joined the Troy Haymakers for its inaugural season. He was their star and for 4 games was the "captain" (which meant that he managed the team), batting .377 (6th best in the league) and hitting a league-leading 4 home runs. He also led the league in extra base hits (21), and was 2nd in slugging percentage (.654) and doubles (10), 4th in RBIs (39), 5th in triples (7), 6th in on base percentage (.400), 9th in hits (49), and 10th in runs (43). The Haymakers only finished 6th, though, and the team's captaincy switched to Bill Craver. The following are the baseball events of the year 1871 throughout the world. ... The National Association of Professional Baseball Players, or simply the National Association, was founded in 1871 and lasted through the 1875 season, after which its stronger teams created the National League. ... Picture of the 1871 Troy Haymakers The Troy Haymakers were a member of the National Association, the first professional baseball league, in 1871 and 1872. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball, an extra base hit (EB, EBH or XBH) is a statistic credited to a batter for hitting a double, triple, or home run. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... Williams H. Craver (June 1844 - June 17, 1901) was a Major League Baseball player from Troy, New York, playing mainly as a catcher and infielder during his career for eight different teams in two leagues. ...


The Haymakers revamped their roster for the 1872 season, and Pike headed for Baltimore, where he played for the Baltimore Canaries. Pike had another excellent season, leading the league in home runs again (with 6), RBIs (60), and games (56), and coming in 2nd in total bases (127) and extra base hits (26), 3rd in at bats (288), 5th in doubles (15) and triples (5), 9th in slugging percentage (.441) and stolen bases (8), and 10th in hits (84). The following are the baseball events of the year 1872 throughout the world. ... Nickname: Motto: The Greatest City in America,[4] Get in on it. ... The Baltimore Canaries were a professional baseball club in the National Association from 1872 to 1874. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ...


In 1873 Pike led the league in home runs for the 3rd consecutive season, hitting 4, and was 2nd in triples (8), 4th in total bases (132), stolen bases (8), and extra base hits (26), 7th in slugging percentage (.462), 8th in doubles (14), RBIs (50), and at bats (286), 9th in hits (90), and 10th in games (56). The following are the baseball events of the year 1873 throughout the world. ...


Baltimore went bankrupt after the season, so Pike headed off to captain the Hartford Dark Blues for the 1874 season. The Dark Blues were a poor team, but Pike had another fine season, slugging .574 to lead the league, and coming in 2nd with an on base percentage of .368. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ... The Hartford Dark Blues were a 19th century baseball team. ... Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ...


Pike abandoned the weak Hartford team after a single season, switching to the St. Louis Brown Stockings. For the first time in his professional career, Pike failed to hit a home run, although he stole 25 bases. He also hit 12 triples and 22 doubles (leading the league) in what was probably his finest offensive season. The St. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ...


In 1876, when the National League replaced the National Association, Pike stuck with St. Louis. The Brown Stockings turned in a very good season, finishing a solid 2nd to the Chicago White Stockings. Pike continued to produce offensively, notching totals of 133 total bases (5th in the league) and 34 extra-base hits (2nd). The following are the baseball events of the year 1876 throughout the world. ... The National League of Professional Baseball 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. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... In baseball statistics, total bases refers to the number of bases a player has gained with hits, i. ...


Seemingly never content to stay with a team very long, Pike headed to the Cincinnati Reds for the 1877 season. The Reds finished last. He hit a powerful and famous home run that year, which apparently went 360 far and 40 feet high, and hit a metal bar at that point which it still had enough force to bend. Pike was still a top-quality player, leading the league in home runs for the 4th time in the 1870s. However, age was starting to catch up with the 32-year-old Pike. He began the season as the 8th-oldest player in the league, and was the 4th oldest player of the 1878 season. The 1878 Red played very well, though. They finished 2nd, but Pike was replaced by Buttercup Dickerson halfway through the season and forced to look elsewhere for a team. He ended up playing a few games for the Providence Grays, and spent the next 2 years playing for minor league teams. Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames Big Red Machine, Redlegs[1] Ballpark... The following are the baseball events of the year 1877 throughout the world. ... // The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Lewis Pessano Buttercup Dickerson (born October 11, 1858 in Tyaskin, Maryland; died July 23, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... The Providence Grays were a 19th century baseball team. ...


Pike got a brief call-up in 1881 to play for the Worcester Worcesters, but the 36-year-old Pike could no longer play effectively, hitting .111 and not managing a single extra base hit in 18 at-bats over 5 games. His play was so poor as to arouse suspicions, and Pike found himself banned from the National League that September. He was added to the "blacklist" at a 1881 National League meeting, barring him from playing for or against any NL team. He turned to haberdashery, the vocation of his father, and spent another 6 years playing only amateur baseball. He was reinstated in 1883. Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... The Worcesters was a 19th century Major League Baseball team. ... In baseball, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate certain statistics, including batting average. ... Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... The National League of Professional Baseball 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. ... A haberdasher is a person who sells small items via retail, commonly items used in clothing, such as ribbons and buttons, or completed accessories, such as hats or gloves. ... 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1887, the New York Metropolitans of the American Association gave Pike another chance. At 42, he was the oldest player in baseball. The only game he played was more of a sending off than a new start, though, and Pike headed back to his haberdashery once more. The following are the baseball events of the year 1887 throughout the world. ... The Metropolitan Club (the New York Metropolitans or the Mets) was a 19th century professional baseball team that played from 1880 to 1887. ... The American Association (AA) was a baseball major league from 1882 to 1891. ...


Speed

Pike was also one of the fastest players in the league. He would occasionally race any challenger for a cash prize, rountinely coming out the winner. On August 16, 1873, he faced a trotting horse in a 100-yard sprint, and won with a time of 10 seconds flat, earning $250. is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... A trotting horse is a standardbred horse whose gait is diagonal, called trot. ...


Death

Pike died of a heart disease at the age of 48. He was interred in the Salem Fields Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Heart disease is an umbrella term for a number of different diseases which affect the heart and is the leading cause of death in the United States as of 2007. ... Salem Fields Cemetery at 775 Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn, New York was founded in 1852. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ...


Halls of Fame

He was also the first famous Jewish baseball player, and was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame was opened July 7, 1981, in Netanya, Israel. ...


In addition, in 1936, long after the players he faced had retired, and 43 years after his death, Pike received a vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame in its first election. Although it was only a single vote, the memory of his deeds on the diamond was strong enough that he was remembered nearly 60 years after his last great season. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related...


Miscellanous

  • Many years later, Francis Richter of Sporting Life magazine chose Pike as one of the top three outfielders of the 1870-80 decade.
  • A left-hander, Pike played 79 National League games at second base. As the game became more sophisticated, however, it became clear to observers that lefties were not well-suited to play second base, even though Pike was very adept at the position.

Francis Richter (January 26, 1854, Philadelphia—February 12, 1926, Philadelphia) was the founder and editor of Sporting Life from its inception to its demise, and editor of the Reach Guide from its inception in 1901. ... Sporting Life was a strip in the British comic Plug. ... The National League of Professional Baseball 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 second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ...

See also

The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the most home runs in a particular season. ...

External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - Major league career statistics
  • BR Bullpen profile
  • SABR's Baseball Biography Project
  • The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • Jewish Major League career leaders
Preceded by
George Hall
National League Home Run Champion
1877
Succeeded by
Paul Hines

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