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Joseph A. Ardner
(Old Hoss)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Weight 160 lb.

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Joe "Old Hoss" Ardner was an Ohio boy who played twice for the Cleveland team. He came up first in 1884, a year of three leagues, and then a second time in 1890, another year when there were three leagues. A second baseman, he was the regular in 1890.

It was reported that he played indoor baseball in the winter of 1893, when it was very popular in Cleveland. A number of other major leaguers were on a team that may have been put together for one contest. Another of his off-season activities was working as a scene shifter at the Cleveland Opera House.

He had typhoid fever in 1904. He died in Ohio in 1935.

"They call me 'Old Joe' Ardner, when the fact is I am the youngest man in the business, as I have only had nine birthdays. I was born February 29, 1860, and did not come out of the ark, as some envious rivals say." - Joe Ardner, quoted in Sporting Life, May 2, 1896, and just possibly lying about the date of his birth in an effort to seem less old

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