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19th Century John Clapp
Full Name: John Edgar Clapp
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Born: Jul 17, 1851 in Ithaca, NY
Major League Debut: Apr 26, 1872
Died: Dec 18, 1904 in Ithaca, NY


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CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1872
1873
1874
1875
1876
1877
1878
1879
1880
1881
1883
TM
Mid
Ath
Ath
Ath
StL
StL
Ind
Buf
Cin
Cle
NY
LG
NA
NA
NA
NA
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
OF
C
C
C
C
G
19
45
39
60
64
60
63
70
80
68
20
AB
97
204
165
292
298
255
263
292
323
261
73
R
28
36
46
65
60
47
42
47
33
47
6
H
28
62
48
77
91
81
80
77
91
66
13
2B
6
10
7
8
4
6
10
12
16
12
0
3B
1
2
4
7
2
6
2
5
4
2
0
HR
1
1
3
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
RBI
10
28
20
39
29
34
29
36
20
25
5
TB
39
79
72
99
99
99
94
102
118
82
13
BB
1
2
1
7
8
8
13
11
21
35
5
IBB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals G
588
AB
2523
R
457
H
714
2B
91
3B
35
HR
7
RBI
275
TB
896
BB
112
IBB
0


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1872
1873
1874
1875
1876
1877
1878
1879
1880
1881
1883
TM
Mid
Ath
Ath
Ath
StL
StL
Ind
Buf
Cin
Cle
NY
LG
NA
NA
NA
NA
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
K
0
2
1
1
2
6
8
11
10
6
4
HBP
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SH
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SF
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
GDP
0
2
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SB
2
4
2
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
CS
1
5
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SB%
.667
.444
1.000
.643
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AVG
.289
.304
.291
.264
.305
.318
.304
.264
.282
.253
.178
OBP
.296
.311
.295
.281
.324
.338
.337
.290
.326
.341
.231
SLG
.402
.387
.436
.339
.332
.388
.357
.349
.365
.314
.178
AB/HR
97.0
204.0
55.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
292.0
323.0
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
102.0
165.0
292.0
149.0
42.5
32.9
26.5
32.3
43.5
18.3
Totals K
51
HBP
0
SH
0
SF
0
GDP
5
SB
17
CS
11
SB%
.607
BAVG
.283
OBP
.313
SLG
.355
AB/HR
360.4
AB/K
49.5


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1872
1873-1875
1876-1877
1878
1879
1880
1881
1883
TM
Mid
Ath
StL
Ind
Buf
Cin
Cle
NY
LG
NA
NA
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
TEAM NAME
Middletown Mansfields
Philadelphia Athletics
St. Louis Brown Stockings
Indianapolis Browns
Buffalo Bisons
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Blues
New York Giants
LEAGUE NAME
National Assoc.
National Assoc.
National League
National League
National League
National League
National League
National League

[From the New York Clipper September 10, 1881.]
John E. Clapp commenced playing ball in 1870 when he caught for the Atletics of Mansfield, Ohio. The following season he filled the same position for the Clipper Club of Ilion, N.Y. His first regular professional engagement, however, was with the Mansfield Club of Middleton, Ct., in 1872, when he proved himself to be a first-class catcher and a fine batsman. Several clubs were anxious to secure his services in 1873, and held out flattering inducements; but he accepted an engagement with the Athletics of Philadelphia, Pa., remaining three consecutive seasons with that organization. Clapp played in over two hundred games during the three years he was connected with the Athletics, and his catching could scarcely be improved on, while his coolness and courage also won him many favorable encomiums. Although he accompanied the Athletics on their European trip in 1874, he took part in but one of the cricket games played there. Clapp caught for the St. Louis Club in 1876 and 1877, handling with remarkable success Bradley's swift delivery during the former year. In 1878 Clapp played with the Indianapolis Club, filling the position of left-field in a majority of its championship contests, and occasionally guarding first base. He resumed the catcher's position in 1879, when he captained and managed the Buffalos, and he caught for the Cincinnatis in 1880. This season he has played with the Cleveland Club, and has alternated in the positions of left field and catcher, generally going behind the bat when Nolan relieved McCormick as pitcher. For several seasons he has acted as manager and captain of the various clubs with which he has been connected, and has displayed the possession of the requisite tact and ability. Clapp has always had an excellent batting average, and ranks equal to any in wielding the bat, his drives to right-centre having helped to win many closely-contested games. As he is also an excellent base-runner, his record each year as a run-getter has been high. During the lengthy professional career, Clapp has maintained an unblemished reputation.


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