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Charlie Abbey

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Charles S. Abbey

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Weight 169 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Charlie Abbey played five years for Washington Senators teams that were always under .500. His best season with the bat was in 1894 when he hit .314 on a team that hit .287 (the league hit .309). He also had 18 triples and 31 stolen bases that year, along with 26 outfield assists.

On Sunday May 16, 1897, Abbey, the rest of the Washington Senators' starting nine, all of the Cleveland Indians' starters, both teams managers, and the umpire were arrested at the end of the first inning of an unscheduled exhibition game in what essentially a collective act of civil disobedience: violating Cleveland's blue laws preventing baseball games from being played on Sundays. Abbey made a put-out in the field in the top of the inning hit by Chief Sockalexis, but did not have the chance to bat before being arrested.

On July 27, 1897, he was the first base umpire in both games of a doubleheader Washington played against the Louisville Colonels. Dick Butler of Louisville worked home plate in both games. Presumably, the umpires scheduled to work that day's games were unavailable. That incidentally makes Charley the first person in the alphabetical list of major league umpires, ahead of Fred Abbott whose umpiring career came under similar circumstances.

He played for the pennant-winning Portland team in 1891.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1894)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1895)

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