From BR Bullpen
Gilbert Hatfield (Colonel)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Weight 168 lb.
- Debut September 24, 1885
- Final Game May 8, 1895
- Born January 27, 1855 in Hoboken, NJ USA
- Died May 27, 1921 in Hoboken, NJ USA
 Biographical Information
Gil Hatfield was a 30-year-old rookie who played 8 years in the majors from 1885-95. He was most notably a 36-year-old shortstop on the 1891 Statesmen, leading the team in games played, at-bats, runs scored, and hits, with a .256 batting average that was 5 points higher than the team average of .251. At the time, he was the second oldest player in the league.
He appeared in almost as many games at third base as he did at shorstop, and also pitched in 13 games, with a record of 3-5.
He was the younger brother of John Hatfield, who had played many years earlier. John's major league career ended in 1876, while Gil's started in 1885 and ended in 1895.
He was also known as a skillful hunter and fisherman. In the middle 1890's he inherited a large sum of money.
"Gil Hatfield at the age of 47 is playing second base . . . and playing well." - Sporting Life of July 15, 1899 about Gil Hatfield, who was actually 44 but nevertheless attracting attention for his good performance with the New London team at an advanced age