In ten NL seasons, the slick-fielding Dunlap at various times led NL second basemen
in all fielding categories and twice batted over .300. But his greatest year was
1884 when, playing for powerhouse St. Louis in the short-lived Union Association,
he led UA second basemen in all five fielding categories while leading the league
in BA (his .412 was 52 points above that of the next-best hitter), slugging (.621),
runs (160), and HR (13). His 160 runs scored set a new ML record, and still rank
fourteenth-best of all time.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»January 2, 1888: Fred Dunlap finally signs with Pittsburgh following the sale of his contract by Detroit. He agrees to a $5,000 salary and a $2,000 bonus, making him the highest-paid player to date.