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Frederick Herbert Carroll

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Fred Carroll was one of the best-hitting catchers of the 19th Century. At a time when many catchers struggled to hit over .200, Carroll had a lifetime .284 average. He led the National League in on-base percentage in 1889, and he was among the leaders in slugging percentage four times in his eight-year career.

Fred Carroll holds the major league record with 95 passed balls in the 1886 season.

Although he was born and died in California, most of his career was spent in Pittsburgh, where he played for entries in the American Association, National League, and Players League.

He had attended St. Mary's College of California at the same time as Jim Fogarty, Hank O'Day, and Ed Morris.

[edit] Records Held

  • Hits, doubleheader, 9, 7/5/1886 (tied)
  • Passed balls, season, 95, 1886
  • Youngest birthday home run, aged 20 (record subsequently tied by Buddy Lewis and Aramis Ramirez)

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