Edgar Edward Cuthbert
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 6", Weight 140 lb.
- Debut May 20, 1871
- Final Game September 4, 1884
- Born June 20, 1845 in Philadelphia, PA USA
- Died February 6, 1905 in St. Louis, MO USA
"Ned Cuthbert . . . was a great outfielder, a first-class base runner and a good hitter and thrower . . . but Ned was of a dissipating nature and saw too many 'blue skies'." - Tim Murnane, reminiscing about players of old, in Sporting Life of March 23, 1886
Edgar "Ned" Cuthbert is credited with being the first player to slide into a base. Cuthbert became a member of the first St. Louis Browns team in the winter of 1874. A left fielder and professional player since 1865, he had joined the Athletics in 1867 and had been with the Philadelphia Keystones before that.
He led the league in steals in 1873 with 13, and from 1871-1875 placed 7th or better in that category. He batted .338 in 1872 with the Philadelphia Athletics, then of the National Association, which would remain his career high. He also was player-manager of the Brown Stockings (St Louis Browns) in 1882, finishing 37-43 and in 5th place.
He was used as an umpire a number of time, starting with three games in the National Association in 1875. He also worked hgames in the Union Association in 1884 and the American Association in 1887 and 1888.
He ran for office (apparently state legislature) in 1888.
(Sources include: The National League by Ed Fitzgerald, pg 7; Baseball in the Afternoon: Tales from a Bygone Era by Robert Smith, pg 57; The Spirit of St Louis: A History of the St Louis Cardinals and Browns by Peter Golenbock, pg 6; baseball-reference.com)
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