John Jay Remsen
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 189 lb.
On May 1, 1877, he participated in the "Greatest of St. Louis Ball Games" according to an article of remembrance in the May 1, 1910 issue of the Sunday Evening Telegraph. The game took place between the 1877 Brown Stockings and Syracuse Stars, who were not in the National League that year. It was a 15-inning game with a final score of 0-0 (called on account of darkness).
Remsen, as lead-off hitter for the Dark Blues on July 6, 1876, hit the first lead-off home run in National League history. He is said to have been the last player in major league baseball to wear a full beard on the field, but the 1876 photo above does not show him wearing a beard at that time.
After his major league playing time, Remsen managed Hartford in the Southern New England League.
- NL Bases on Balls Leader (1878)