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Jeremiah Dennis Denny born Jeremiah Dennis Eldridge

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Jerry Denny, who was the last position player who did not wear a fielding glove, played 13 seasons in the majors and many years in the minors.

Although born in the East, Denny moved to the West Coast while young and grew up there. He began playing in the minors with San Francisco while a teenager in the 1870s, and was still playing in 1902 at age 43.

Jerry was a bit unusual in that his whole major league career was in the National League, even though several other major leagues operated at the time, and many players played in several during their career. He played in the 1884 equivalent of the World Series, and several times during his major league years was among the leaders in home runs.

He played all nine positions during his time in the majors, although he was mostly a third baseman (1,109 games) and shortstop (86 games). A good-fielding third baseman, it was said he could throw to first base with either hand as needed.

He also managed in the minors in 1900 and 1901. After baseball he ran hotels in Connecticut.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1889)

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