Charles G. Buffinton
born Charles G. Buffington
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut May 17, 1882
- Final Game June 28, 1892
- Born June 14, 1861 in Fall River, MA USA
- Died September 23, 1907 in Fall River, MA USA
" . . . the Christy Mathewson of the 1880s . . ." - The Sporting News
Charlie Buffinton was a highly successful pitcher in the 19th Century, with a record of 233-152. He was a two-way player, appearing in the outfield or at first base in virtually every year that he pitched. The six most similar players (according to the similarity scores method) are in the Hall of Fame, but they were all 20th Century pitchers (or had the majority of their years in the 20th Century), while Buffinton pitched from 1882-1892. The most similar 19th Century pitcher is Silver King.
He rarely led the league in pitching categories, not even in 1884 when he had 48 victories (he was second behind Old Hoss Radbourn that year). Buffinton played in three different major leagues, but spent his career in only two towns - Boston and Philadelphia, playing for teams in two leagues in each town. Most of his teams were competitive, with the 1883 Boston Beaneaters and the 1891 Boston Reds winning the pennant.
Although Buffinton appeared frequently as a position player, he was not a particularly good hitter or fielder at those positions. As a pitcher, he notched a lot of strikeouts (for the time), and was often among the league leaders. An arm injury in 1886 limited his playing time that season, but he came back strong the next year. Baseball's move to overhand pitching helped Buffinton, who threw a kind of curveball called a "drop ball". He also umpired four National League games, in four different seasons, starting in 1883.
Prior to coming to the majors, he was a catcher, playing in his hometown area of Fall River, MA, which was a hotbed of baseball.
After his playing days he became an investor and businessman. He died at age 46.
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- AA Winning Percentage Leader (1891)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 7 (1883-1885, 1887-1889 & 1891)
- 30 Wins Seasons: 1 (1884)
- 40 Wins seasons: 1 (1884)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (1883-1885 & 1887-1891)
- 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1883-1885, 1887-1889 & 1891)
- 400 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1884, 1885 & 1888)
- 500 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1884)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 2 (1884 & 1885)
- 300 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1884)
- 400 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1884)