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Note: This page links to 19th Century player and umpire Tom Pratt. For the former minor league player and coach, click here.

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Thomas Jefferson Pratt

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Tom Pratt played much of the 1860's for the Brooklyn Atlantics, and was called one of the "great players" of that era. The Atlantics were frequently a dominant team during that time period.

He played one game for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1871, and followed this extensive professional career by serving as an umpire, beginning in 1872.

He also was an owner. His obituary in the October 3, 1908 issue of Sporting Life called him "a famous player-magnate". It said he was a pitcher in the 1860's for the amateur Athletics and Atlantics, and was one of the first to throw a curve ball. He was part of the group that organized the professional Philadelphia club, then left years later to invest in a club in the Union Association.

If one counts the National Association in 1871 as a major league, then he was the first major leaguer born in Massachusetts.

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