FACTOID # 14: North Carolina has a larger Native American population than North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Roger Bresnahan
Enlarge
Roger Bresnahan catching for the Giants against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Note the similarity between his shinguards and 19th century cricket pads

Roger Philip Bresnahan (June 11, 1879 - December 4, 1944), nicknamed "The Duke of Tralee", was an American player in Major League Baseball who starred primarily as a catcher. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.


Born in Toledo, Ohio, he began his major league career as a pitcher, throwing a six-hit shutout on August 27, 1897. However, he eventually moved to catcher (although he could play all nine positions), and was labeled one of the best at that position by managers John McGraw and Branch Rickey. Despite taunts by other players, he experimented with head and thigh protection gear which had been introduced by some college teams, and this led to the widespread use of more protection for catchers in the early 20th century. He played for the Washington Senators (1897), Chicago Orphans/Cubs (1900, 1913-15), Baltimore Orioles (1901-02), New York Giants (1902-08) and St. Louis Cardinals (1909-12). In 1430 games, he had a batting average of .279 in 4480 at-bats.


Bresnahan died of a heart attack at his home in Toledo at age 65, and was elected to the Hall of Fame the following year.


His Hall of Fame plaque says the following:

 ROGER BRESNAHAN BATTERY MATE OF CHRISTY MATHEWSON WITH THE NEW YORK GIANTS, HE WAS ONE OF THE GAME'S MOST NATURAL PLAYERS AND MIGHT HAVE STARRED AT ANY POSITION. THE "DUKE OF TRALEE" WAS ONE OF THE FEW MAJOR LEAGUE CATCHERS FAST ENOUGH TO BE USED AS A LEADOFF MAN. 

External links

  • Baseball Hall of Fame (http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/bresnahan_roger.htm)
  • Baseball-Reference.com (http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bresnro01.shtml) - career statistics and analysis

  Results from FactBites:
 
Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers - HOF Roger Bresnahan (1262 words)
Roger blistered her ears with some choice dugout repartee and was fired forthwith.
Roger demanded to be paid as manager and player for the remaining four years of his contract.
Bresnahan died in Toledo in 1944 and was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1945.
Roger Bresnahan at AllExperts (410 words)
Roger Philip Bresnahan (June 11, 1879 - December 4, 1944), nicknamed "The Duke of Tralee", was an American player in Major League Baseball who starred primarily as a catcher, and a player/manager for two teams.
Bresnahan had managed the Cardinals while playing for them, and the Cubs in 1915.
Bresnahan died of a heart attack at his home in Toledo at age 65, and was elected to the Hall of Fame the following year.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m