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Blondie Purcell

Blondie Purcell
MLB Player information
NameBlondie Purcell
MLB debutMay 1, 1879 for the Syracuse Stars
Last MLB appearanceSeptember 16, 1890 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average.267
As Player *Syracuse Stars (1879) *Cincinnati Reds (1879 1880) *Cleveland Blues (1881) *Buffalo Bisons (1881 1882) *Philadelphia Quakers (1883 1884) *Philadelphia Athletics (1885) *Boston Beaneaters (1885) *Baltimore Orioles (1886 1888) *Philadelphia Athletics(1888 1890) As Manager *Philadelphia Quakers (1883)

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William Aloysius "Blondie" Purcell (March 16, 1854 February 20, 1912), was an American Major League Baseball player born in Paterson, New Jersey. He played for a total of 12 seasons while playing for eight different teams in two leagues. He appeared in 1097 games, mainly in the outfield, but did pitch in 79 games throughout his career, as well as other infield positions.

On June 6, 1882, while playing for the Buffalo Bisons, he was fined $10 ($ today) for slicing open a soggy baseball. He did this to compel the umpire to put a fresh ball in play so his pitcher, Pud Galvin, would be able to throw his curveball.

In 1883 he was the player-manager for the Philadelphia Quakers. He took the reins of the team after just 14 games, when they were only 4 13 under player-manager Bob Ferguson, and finished the season with an equally dismal 17 81 record. The 8th-place Quakers finished 23 games behind the 7th-place Detroit Wolverines. Purcell never managed another major-league game.

Purcell is one of the few players in major-league history whose death is not documented by the Society for American Baseball Research, although according to Find A Grave he has a death date of February 20, 1912, and is buried in Greenmount Cemetery located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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