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Henry Kappel

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 160 lb.

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Henry "Heinie" Kappel played in the majors from 1887-89, all in the American Association.

Kappel was born and died in Philadelphia, PA, but never played for a major league team in that town. He got his start playing for teams in the East and South, and came to the majors with the 1887 Cincinnati Red Stockings, for whom he played a variety of infield and outfield positions. He came back with the same team in 1888, this time playing mostly shortstop.

After the season he was sold to the 1889 Columbus Solons, for whom he appeared in 23 games at third base and 23 at shortstop. He had more at-bats than he had had in previous major league seasons, and responded by hitting .272 with some walks and power, giving him an OPS+ of 125.

The January 30, 1904 issue of Sporting Life stated that it was reported Kappel was in the Philadelphia Insane Hospital.

Henry's brother Joe Kappel played for two Philadelphia teams in 1884 and 1890.

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