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Charles Abner Powell
(Ab)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 160 lb.

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"If there were real justice in such matters, Charles Abner Powell would be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Not for his feats on the playing field, although they were considerable, but for his immeasurable contribution to the game of baseball as an American institution. . . (His plaque) might read like this: 'Charles Abner (Ab) Powell, player, manager and club owner, developer of baseball's first rain check, Ladies' Day, the Knothole Gang, the field tarpaulin, free soda pop, band music and one of minor league baseball's superteams.' They might also add he was the only manager ever to fire his entire squad at once." - Sports Illustrated, March 19, 1973

Charles Abner "Ab" Powell played two seasons in the majors. In the minors he had both long playing and long managing careers. He also owned some of the clubs which he managed. As a player, he was all over the field as an outfielder, infielder and pitcher.

He is sometimes called "the father of the New Orleans Pelicans". Sources credit him with inventing Ladies' Day, the use of a tarpaulin to cover the field during rain delays, and the concept of the "rain check".

Powell owned the Atlanta team from 1902-1905, but an article (The Baseball Magnate and Urban Politics in the Progressive Era, 1895-1920) indicated that locals in Atlanta resented the profits going to an outsider from New Orleans and gradually forced him out.

"You're all fired. Go on up in the stands and watch a real team." - what Powell reportedly said to his New Orleans players in mid-1901 when he brought back 12 players from a North Carolina team to play for him (as quoted in Sports Illustrated)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1884 Richmond Virginians Eastern League -- Team disbanded August 4 replaced Ted Sullivan 7/14
1888 New Orleans Pelicans Southern League 25-32 3rd League disbanded July 4
New Orleans Pelicans Texas League 18-9 -- Joined League July 10
1889 New Orleans Pelicans Southern League 36-7 8-2 League closed July 4 Non-Signatory League
1890
1891 Seattle Pacific Northwest League 45-55 Non-Signatory League
1892 Seattle Pacific Northwest League 20-28 -- replaced by Gilbert Hatsfield on July 3
New Orleans Pelicans Southern League  ?-?, 29-12 3rd none replaced Henry Powers on July 12
1893 New Orleans Pelicans Southern League 40-51 8th none
1895 New Orleans Pelicans Southern League 46-55 4th none
1896 New Orleans Pelicans Southern League 68-31 1st none League Champs
1897 Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons Eastern League -- replaced by Dan Shannon
1898 New Orleans Pelicans Southern League 10-15 Non-Signatory League League closed May 19th
1899 New Orleans Pelicans Southern League 20-22 Non-Signatory League League disbanded June 3rd
Newark Colts Atlantic League 33-26 4th none replaced John Chapman on July 9
1900 Oswego Grays / Elmira Pioneers New York State League 8th none replaced W. Preston
1901 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 68-56 4th none
1902 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 75-47 2nd none
1903 Atlanta Crackers Southern Association 59-59 4th
1904 Atlanta Crackers Southern Association 78-57 2nd none

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