Sunday, August 24, 2008

Denny Lyons

No player on the St. Louis Browns has made more friends than Dennis F. Lyons, their hard hitting third baseman, a portrait of whom we present above. His first engagement was in 1883 with the Keaton Club, of Covington, Ky. In 1884 he began the season with the reserve team of the Providence Club, of the National League, but finished it with the Lexingtons, of Lexington, Ky. In 1885 Lyons joined the Columbus Club, of the Southern League, and played third base in ninety-three championship games and ranked second among seventeen men. In 1886 he was a member of the championship Atlanta team, also of the Southern League, and played third base in seventy-six champion games. He stood fifth on the batting list with an official average of .316. It was during the latter part of that season that Manager Sharsig, of the Athletic Club secured him. He came from the Athletics here and since his arrival he has done yeoman service for the Browns.
-The Sporting News, June 20, 1891

Denny Lyons played for the Browns in 1891 and 1895. David Ball writes that the Browns purchased Lyons from the Athletics on September 2, 1890 for $300. Lyons "was under suspension for drinking and did not play for St. Louis until the following season."

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