Sunday, November 23, 2008

Doc Bushong

Alfred Bushong, the best catcher of to-day, is a native of Philadelphia, 30 years old. He was educated at Girard College, where he first learned to play ball. His first professional engagement was with the Janesville (Wis.) Club, in 1877 and 1878. From there he went to Worcester and joined the League, with which he remained until it disbanded in 1882. He then played with the Cleveland Club for two years, when it also disbanded. He joined the Browns last winter, and as a catcher, both as a back stop and thrower to bases, proved he has few equals. For half the season he caught every day and handled three pitchers. He has caught more games this year than any catcher in the country. It is to his catching St. Louis owes the pennant and as a coach for young pitchers he is without a rival.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 8, 1885

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