Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MAJOR LEAGUE FOUNDERS: CHARLIE GOULD 1876-1976

The next “founding” player of professional baseball is Charlie Gould, the only Cincinnati-born player who was on the famed 1869 Red Stockings team who went undefeated over 84 games and was credited as being the first fully professional team put together:


Gould actually began his baseball career in 1863 with a local club, the “Buckeyes”, for whom he’d play through the 1867 before “jumping” to the Red Stocking to assume their first base position the following year.
He’d be a Red Stocking for three seasons, spanning their winning campaigns against all comers, before moving on to the Boston Red Stockings with his Cincinnati teammates in the newly formed National Association.
By then he was considered one of the better defensive players in the game, a game that was still a bare-handed sport, a reputation that stayed with him through his playing days well in the Major Leagues when formed in 1876.
He’d end up playing the first two seasons of the new professional league, finishing up his playing career in 1877 after only 24 games played for the Reds, by then a second-division team far from their glory days.
All in all, he finished a six-year pro career, and a 15-year organized career well-regarded and part of some big-time history for the burgeoning sport before becoming a police officer in Cincinnati, passing away at the age of 69 in 1917.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I call this the week of Cincinnati!!! I am in heaven! Thanx for the wonderful cards of Ty Cline, Tony Perez, and now Charlie Gould. Keep up the good work.

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