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Weston Dickson Fisler
(Icicle)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 137 lb.

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". . . one of the most graceful players that ever handled a ball . . ." - Tim Murnane, writing in Sporting Life of March 24, 1886, about Wes Fisler

Wes Fisler had been with the Camdens and came over to the Athletics in 1866. By the time the National Association started, he was already one of the ten oldest players in the league. In spite of that, he was typically an above-average hitter.

He played mostly first base and second base, although as he aged he played more in the outfield.

The book Baseball in Philadelphia: a history of the early game, 1831-1900 has a page on him. It calls him a "refined, genteel intellectual". He got his nickname "Icicle" because he was cool under pressure. Cap Anson said he was a "fine all-around ballplayer". As a teenager he played amateur ball in Camden and Philadelphia prior to the Civil War. After the war he was paid for his services; although he was not a large player, he was considered an excellent fielder.

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