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Buckenberger was not a hard driver; he was a kind and tolerant leader who insisted
that his players be sober gentlemen at a time when such conduct was not the rule.
A light-hitting minor league infielder, he began managing in 1884 at Terre Haute
in the Northwest League. His highest ML finish was second with Pittsburgh in 1893.
After a seventh-place finish in 1894, he was replaced by Connie Mack.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»November 16, 1894: Managers Al Buckenberger (Pittsburgh) and William Barnie (Louisville) and Louisville star Fred Pfeffer are expelled from the National League for planning with officials of the proposed American Association (previously called the National Association). The two managers are reinstated before the end of the year, but Pfeffer must wait until the end of February 1895 before he is welcomed back into the fold.