Here’s a “Founders” card celebrating baseball’s 100th anniversary in 1976 for a player who is credited by such baseball resources as “Baseball-Reference” as the very FIRST player in terms of official appearance in professional play, Ezra Sutton, who was the first batter in the National Association when playing for the Cleveland team back in 1871.
When the National League began play in 1876, Sutton was a seasoned veteran and was now a member of the Philadelphia Athletics:
Mainly a third baseman, Sutton played in 18 seasons between the NA and
NL between 1871 and 1888, and collected 1574 hits over 5360 at-bats,
good for a .294 batting average in 1263 games.
In that inaugural 1876 season, he batted .297 for the Athletics,
collecting 70 hits in 236 at-bats with 12 doubles, seven triples and a
single homer, with 45 runs scored and 31 runs batted in over 54 games.
Wonder if he ever thought he’d be remembered like this some 140 years later!?!?