Given Name: Roscoe Charles
2B-SS 1871-77, 79, 81 Red Sox , Cubs, Reds, Braves
- Led League in ba 73, 75-76
The clever second baseman was the NL's first batting leader (.429) with Chicago in
1876. Having already won two National Association titles (1873, '75), he was also
the first player to lead two different leagues in batting. He specialized in "fair-foul"
hits, squibbed bunts that landed fair, rolled foul, but remained in play under the
rules of the time. When the rules were changed before the 1877 season his BA plummeted.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» January 10, 1918:
Acknowledging that Ty Cobb, Speaker, and Collins are all good ball players, Cap Anson picks his all-time team, leaving them off. In the current issue of TSN, Anson selects, C–Buck Ewing and King Kelly; P–Amos Rusie, John Clarkson, Jim McCormick; 1B-himself; 2B–Fred Pfeffer; 3B–Ed Williamson; SS–Ross Barnes; OF–Bill Lange, George Gore, Jimmy Ryan, and Hugh Duffy. |