C 1878, 1980-1993 Milwaukee Detroit , Braves
Bennett's 15-year career as a part-time catcher was ended when he lost both legs
in a train accident. He had been a fan favorite in Detroit, where he played from
1881 to 1888, and when the Tigers became an entry in the new American League in 1901,
their new ballpark was named Bennett Park in his honor. It remained Bennett Park
until 1912, when it became the site of the present Tiger Stadium.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» April 4, 1880: "A very singular contest took place at New Orleans, La., on April 4, 1880, when five Northern professionals succeeded in defeating the colored professional nine of that city by a score of 17 to 3." According to the account, reported 14 months later in the Chicago Tribune of July 1881, Tim Keefe pitched, Charlie Bennett caught, John Sullivan played first base, and George Wood and George Creamer "were intrusted with the onerous task of filling the other six positions." Keefe played for Albany and Troy in 1880, while the other players were teammates at Worcester.
» January 9, 1894: Boston's veteran C Charlie Bennett loses both legs in a horrific train accident. In 1900, Detroit, Bennett's first team, will name its ballpark Bennett Park in his honor.
» April 19, 1900:
On Opening Day in Detroit, Charlie Bennett throws out the first ball in the Detroit park named for him, but his presence fails to rouse the Tigers, who fall to the no-hit pitching of Buffalo’s Morris "Doc" Amole, 8-0. In his 2-year NL career, which ended in 1898, Amole compiled a record of 4-10.