From BR Bullpen
John E. Carroll
- Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
- Debut September 27, 1884
- Final Game October 3, 1887
- Born August 27, 1860 in Buffalo, NY USA
- Died November 14, 1942 in Buffalo, NY USA
 Biographical Information
Scrappy Carroll played three years in the majors, for three different teams in three different leagues. In a very odd statistical quirk, he is listed as a regular outfielder for the 1885 Buffalo Bisons although he played only 13 games for them: that's because most of the players with more outfield games than Scrappy were also regulars at other positions and thus couldn't be listed twice.
Carroll was born and died in Buffalo, NY, and played for several teams in Buffalo in both the majors and minors. He also played for other major league and minor league teams, including multiple years in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Utica.
Carroll was remembered recently when Dustin Pedroia won the MVP award. The term "scrappy" was analyzed by at least a couple writers, and Carroll was identified as perhaps the first ballplayer to have the moniker.
Carroll is mentioned in the article about the 1884 Union Association in the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. He had the most hits in a group of 72 1884 Union Association players that Bill James put together to analyze whether players without much major league playing time outside of the UA had success.