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Bill Dahlen
(1891-1911)
In 1894, "Bad Bill" had a 42-game hitting streak. The day after that streak was snapped he embarked on another one, a 28-gamer.
BORN 1.5.1870, Nelliston, NY     .272, 84, 1233
Hugh Daily
(1882-87)
Even though he lost his left arm in an explosion at a fireworks factory, Daily managed to have a six-year major league career with an overall record of 73-87 and an ERA of 2.92.
"One Arm"     BORN 1857, Baltimore, MD
George Davis
(1890-1909)
(Hall of Fame) Davis is considered the first great switch hitter. He had 2,660 career hits, a record for a switch hitter prior to Pete Rose. He set a single-season record for RBIs by an NL shortstop in 1897 (136).
BORN: 8.23.1870, Cohoes, NY     .295, 73, 1437
Mgr New York Giants (NL) 1895, 1900, 1901     Mgr record 107-139
Ed Delahanty
(1888-1903)
On July 13, 1896, while playing for Philadelphia, Delahanty became one of only two players ever to hit four home runs in a game his team lost. (The other player was Atlanta's Bob Horner.)
"Big Ed"     BORN 10.30.1867, Cleveland, OH     .346, 101, 1464
Jim Devlin
(1875-77)
The star pitcher for the Louisville Grays was banned from baseball for life when it was discovered that he had been blackmailed into throwing games. Devlin became a policeman in Philadelphia.
BORN 6.6.1849, Philadelphia, PA     72-76, 2.05
Red Donahue
(1893-1906)
In 1897, Donahue set a post-1893 record for the most games lost with 33. That same season he was tied for first place in complete games with 38. (Back then, starting pitchers were expected to finish games regardless of how they fared.)
BORN 1.23.1873, Waterbury, CT     164-175, 3.61
Hugh Duffy
(1888-96)
"Sir Hugh," a Hall of Famer, holds the record for the highest season batting average, .440, his 1894 mark while playing for the Boston Beaneaters. He hit 51 doubles, 16 triples, 18 home runs, and collected 145 RBIs, earning him the second Triple Crown in baseball history. His next highest season BA was .352, the following year. He played for five pennant winners during his career.
BORN 11.26.1866, Cranston, RI     .324, 106, 1302     1894 NL Triple Crown
Bill Duggleby
(1898, 1901-07)
A pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Duggleby became the only player to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat, a feat he accomplished during a game on 21 April 1898.
"Frosty Bill"     BORN 3.16.1874, Utica, NY     83-102, 3.18
Fred Dunlap
(1880-1890)
In 1884, with the Union Association's St. Louis Maroons, second baseman Dunlap (nicknamed "Sure Shot") set a record with 1.58 runs per game. He scored 160 times in 101 games, with 185 hits and a .412 BA.
BORN 5.21.1859, Philadelphia, PA     .292, 41, 366