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19th Century Charlie Bennett
Full Name: Charles Wesley Bennett
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: Nov 21, 1854 in New Castle, PA
Major League Debut: May 01, 1878
Died: Feb 24, 1927 in Detroit, MI

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CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1878
1880
1881
1882
1883
1884
1885
1886
1887
1888
1889
1890
1891
1892
1893
TM
Mil
Wor
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
G
49
51
76
84
92
90
91
72
46
74
82
85
75
35
60
AB
184
193
299
342
371
341
349
235
160
258
247
281
256
114
191
R
16
20
44
43
56
37
49
37
26
32
42
59
35
19
34
H
45
44
90
103
113
90
94
57
39
68
57
60
55
23
40
2B
9
9
18
16
34
18
24
13
6
12
8
17
9
4
6
3B
0
3
7
10
7
6
13
5
5
4
2
2
3
0
0
HR
1
0
7
5
5
3
5
4
3
5
4
3
5
1
4
RBI
12
18
64
51
55
40
60
34
20
29
28
40
39
16
27
TB
57
59
143
154
176
129
159
92
64
103
81
90
85
30
58
BB
10
10
18
20
26
36
47
48
30
31
21
72
42
27
40
IBB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals G
1062
AB
3821
R
549
H
978
2B
203
3B
67
HR
55
RBI
533
TB
1480
BB
478
IBB
0


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1878
1880
1881
1882
1883
1884
1885
1886
1887
1888
1889
1890
1891
1892
1893
TM
Mil
Wor
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
K
26
30
37
33
59
40
37
29
22
40
43
56
61
23
36
HBP
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
2
3
0
2
SH
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SF
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
GDP
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
7
4
7
6
3
6
5
CS
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SB%
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
AVG
.245
.228
.301
.301
.305
.264
.269
.243
.244
.264
.231
.214
.215
.202
.209
OBP
.284
.266
.341
.340
.350
.334
.356
.371
.363
.347
.296
.377
.332
.355
.352
SLG
.310
.306
.478
.450
.474
.378
.456
.391
.400
.399
.328
.320
.332
.263
.304
AB/HR
184.0
--.-
42.7
68.4
74.2
113.7
69.8
58.8
53.3
51.6
61.8
93.7
51.2
114.0
47.8
AB/K
7.1
6.4
8.1
10.4
6.3
8.5
9.4
8.1
7.3
6.5
5.7
5.0
4.2
5.0
5.3
Totals K
572
HBP
11
SH
0
SF
0
GDP
0
SB
42
CS
0
SB%
1.000
BAVG
.256
OBP
.340
SLG
.387
AB/HR
69.5
AB/K
6.7


19th CENT. WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1887
1892
TM
Det
Bos
LG
NL
NL
G
11
2
AB
42
7
R
6
2
H
11
2
2B
2
0
3B
1
0
HR
0
1
RBI
9
1
TB
15
5
BB
3
0
K
5
2
SB
5
1
BAVG
.262
.286
SLG
.357
.714
AB/HR
--.-
7.0
AB/K
8.4
3.5
Totals G
13
AB
49
R
8
H
13
2B
2
3B
1
HR
1
RBI
10
TB
20
BB
3
K
7
SB
6
AVG
.265
SLG
.408
AB/HR
49.0
AB/K
7.0


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1878
1880
1881-1888
1889-1893
TM
Mil
Wor
Det
Bos
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
TEAM NAME
Milwaukee Cream Citys
Worcester Ruby Legs
Detroit Wolverines
Boston Beaneaters
LEAGUE NAME
National League
National League
National League
National League

Charlie Bennett is regarded as the 19th Century's finest catcher. Charlie Bennett led National League catchers seven times in fielding percentages and claimed credit for inventing the chest protector. Compared to today's catchers, he performed under barbaric conditions. As reported in the Detroit Free Press, Bennett had been arrayed in nothing more than a base ball suit, a rubber cork between his teeth, and a thin kid glove on his left hand with the fingers cut out, no mask or protector.

Bennett began his baseball career with the semipro Neshannock club of New Castle, Pennsylvania, played briefly for the Milwaukee Grays of the National League and then Worcester. In 1881 he left Worcester to join the new National League entry in Detroit, the Wolverines, where he invented the chest protector. He had his wife rig up a cork-lined vest, which he wore under his uniform.

In 1887, his seventh year with Detroit, the Wolverines finally won the NL pennant and faced the American Association's St. Louis Browns in the World Series. Following the 1888 season the Detroit franchise collapsed and Bennett was sold to Boston. He played five years for the Beaneaters, and participated in their World Series victory in 1892.

After the 1893 season Bennett went hunting with pitcher John Clarkson. They were on their way from Kansas City to Williamsburgh when Bennett got off the train at Wellsville, Kansas, to speak to an acquaintance. Attempting to reboard the train, he slipped, fell under its wheels, and lost both legs. Fitted with artificial limbs but confined to a wheelchair, Bennett then earned his living running a cigar store.

Detroit fans arranged a day in his honor, and he was given a wheelbarrow full of silver dollars. Later, Detroit's ballpark was named Bennett Park. When it opened on APril 28, 1896, Charlie caught the ceremonial first pitch and repeated the feat for every home opener through 1926. [See 1915 opening day photo.]



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