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Joseph V. Battin

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Joe Battin was a good-fielding infielder (third base and second base) who didn't have much of a bat - except in 1876, the first year of the National League, when he hit .300 and was in the top 10 in the league in RBI.

He started out in the National Association, and also played in the National League], American Association, and the Union Association. He managed, briefly, in each of the last two leagues.

When he played at age 22 for the St. Louis Brown Stockings in 1875, he and the 39-year-old Dickey Pearce formed the double-play combination. Pearce was also the manager.

A Wikipedia article [1] claims that he was identified by gamblers as someone willing to lose a game (see August 25, 1877), although there is no more information given. Battin did not play in the National League after 1877.

Battin was one of five managers of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1884.

After his playing days he was a manager (perhaps at Albany) and an umpire, and recommended the young Bill Dahlen to the Chicago Colts. [2]

In the first voting for the Hall of Fame, Battin received one vote.


Preceded by
Ormond Butler
Pittsburgh Alleghenys Manager
1883
Succeeded by
Denny McKnight
Preceded by
Bob Ferguson
Pittsburgh Alleghenys Manager
1884
Succeeded by
George Creamer

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs
1885 Cleveland Forest Citys Western League -- replaced Tim Lawrence in May
replaced by Doc Kennedy in May

[edit] Related Sites

BR minors page

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  • Tobacco label of Joe Battin [3]
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