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Warren William Carpenter

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 186 lb.

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". . . no better behaved or more popular player ever lived. . . There are few Hick Carpenters in the base ball profession or any other profession for that matter. In all his long career before the public there is not a flaw. It stands out clear and distinct a straight line of honesty and good faith." - Sporting Life of August 27, 1892, on the occasion of Hick Carpenter's retirement

Third baseman Hick Carpenter played 12 seasons in the big leagues. In an otherwise fairly ordinary career as a hitter, he had a great season with the 1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings, hitting .342 (second in the league) and leading the league in hits and RBI. The Red Stockings won the pennant in the first year of the American Association and Carpenter played in every game.

He may have been one of the reasons why the American Association developed a reputation as being an easier league than the National League. When Carpenter played in the National League in 1881, he hit just .216 for the Worcester Ruby Legs. The next year, playing in the American Association in its inaugural year, he hit .342. However, gradually over the years his offensive performances did drop down to the level where they had been in the National League, so it is possible that he just came to the American Association when he was ready to blossom.

Although he threw left-handed, Carpenter played over a thousand games at third base: this is about 900 more than any other left-hander, ever.

Sporting Life in 1892 stated that Carpenter started playing professionally "early in the seventies". He was with Brockton before he came to Syracuse.

He was really called "Hick" by Sporting Life, and never "Warren".

It was announced in 1902 that Carpenter, who had been working as a train conductor, would be assistant collector of the port of Ocala, FL. In 1910 he was working for the Customs Service in Arizona.

"I do not see where there is any more brilliant individual play now than there was thirty years ago. But the game has certainly been developed from a scientific standpoint. The team work is much improved over what it used to be when I was playing ball." - Hick Carpenter in 1910

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AA Hits Leader (1882)
  • AA Singles Leader (1882)
  • AA RBI Leader (1882)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 1 (1888)

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