10 Facts About Ross Barnes


Charles Roscoe Barnes was one of the stars of baseball's National Association and the early National League, playing second base and shortstop.

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Ross Barnes played for the dominant Boston Red Stockings teams of the early 1870s, along with Albert Spalding, Cal McVey, George Wright, Harry Wright, Jim O'Rourke, and Deacon White.

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From 1868 to 1870, Ross Barnes starred for the Rockford Forest Citys, along with Albert Spalding, attaining professional status in the second year.

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Ross Barnes led the league with 66 runs scored and 91 total bases, finishing second in batting average at.

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Ross Barnes has the distinction of having hit the first home run in National League history, on May 2,1876.

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In 1877, Ross Barnes fell ill with what was then only described as an "ague", played only 22 games, and did not play well when he was in the lineup.

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Ross Barnes played for the Tecumseh team in the International Association in 1878, returned to the National League with the Cincinnati club in 1879, sat out all of 1880, and finished his professional career in 1881, playing his last season in Boston, the site of his former glory.

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Ross Barnes briefly returned to professional baseball in 1890, serving as an umpire for the Players' League.

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In 1903, sportswriter Tim Murnane wrote that Ross Barnes was the “king of second baseman, as well as the finest batsman and run-getter of all time.

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Ross Barnes held a variety of white-collar jobs in the Chicago area after his baseball career ended until his death from heart disease in 1915.

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