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Thomas Jefferson Dowd
(Buttermilk Tommy)

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[edit] Biographical Information

Buttermilk Tommy Dowd was a star player at Brown University and played ten seasons in the major leagues from 1891-1901.

According to an article in the Brown Alumni Magazine:

" Nineteenth-century baseball authority Tim Murnane of the Boston Globe proclaimed Dowd the best centerfielder he'd ever seen, especially for his skill at sprinting back on a ball over his head and then turning left or right for the catch. For years Dowd held the unofficial record time for circling the bases."

See The Great UnAmerican Pastime.

Dowd stole 366 bases in his major league career.

After his career, he coached at Amherst College and Williams College, and managed in several minor and independent leagues. In 1908, he was managing at Hartford, and signed Chick Evans to a contract. See SABR Biography of Chick Evans.

Dowd also studied law at Georgetown University.

He was given credit for discovering Rabbit Maranville.

His body was found in the Connecticut River in July 1933.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1893 & 1901)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 1 (1893)


Preceded by
Roger Connor
St. Louis Browns Manager
1896-1897
Succeeded by
Hugh Nicol

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