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Alexander Bennett Sanders

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[edit] Biographical Information

Ben Sanders had a terrific rookie season in the majors but gradually declined each year after that as a pitcher, although in his last season he did well as a hitter. As a rookie with the 1888 Philadelphia Quakers, his ERA was second-best in the National League. He was managed in 1888-89 by baseball pioneer Harry Wright.

Sanders, in his five years in the majors, pitched in Philadelphia in three different leagues, along with one year in Louisville.

Sanders was a two-way player. While he was primarily a pitcher, appearing in 168 games at that position, he was also in 69 games in the outfield, 15 at first base, and one at third base. His lifetime batting average at .271 was decent, and in his last season he was the strongest hitter on the team at Louisville. His .273 batting average and .399 slugging percentage were much better than the team averages of .226 and .284. He far out-hit his teammates Hughie Jennings and Pete Browning (although Browning was there for only part of the season).

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Shutouts Leader (1888)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1888-1890 & 1892)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1889 & 1890)

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