Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sam Barkley

Samuel Barkley, the second baseman, is 34 years old. He is a native of Wheeling, W. Va., and a cigarmaker by trade. The Wheeling Club, that brought out Glasscock and Mullen of the Louisvilles, brought him out in 1876, and after playing with them for four years he went to Detroit in 1880, then to Toledo, playing with that club until last fall, when it disbanded and he came to St. Louis. He is a good fielder and as a batter has led every club with which he has played. This year, however, Welch and O'Neill are ahead of him.

-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 8, 1885

The above photo of Sam Barkley, which by the way is very awesome, comes from an article entitled The Baseball Glove Comes to Baseball at Eyewitness To History.com. I won't speak to the accuracy of the article but the pic of Barkley is fantastic.

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