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John Henry Humphries

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John Humphries, who was born in Canada, was the first major leaguer from Cornell University. He was at Cornell in 1880-82 and then in the majors in 1883-84. He later managed in the minors.

His manager in 1883 was John Clapp, who was born in Ithaca, NY, where Cornell is located. Humphries, primarily a catcher, backed up Buck Ewing on the 1883 New York Gothams.

The following season John split his time between the Gothams (where Clapp was no longer the manager) and the 1884 Washington Nationals of the 1884 American Association. He was the regular catcher for the Nationals, appearing in 49 of their 63 games. Frank Olin, another player out of Cornell University, was a teammate on the Nationals.

He was sometimes called Jack Humphries.

He died in 1933 in Salinas, CA, far from his birthplace of North Gower, ON.

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