Charlie Householder (housech02)

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Charles W. Householder

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 158 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

One of two players in the 1880s with the same name, Charlie Householder played primarily first base and catcher for the Baltimore Orioles and the Brooklyn Atlantics of the American Association. While his batting may not seem very impressive, it must be remembered that the 1882 Orioles as a team hit only .207 and the 1884 Atlantics as a team hit .225. In both cases, he played for a team in the first year of its existence.

The book Long Before the Dodgers: Baseball in Brooklyn, 1855-84 indicates that Householder played in 1883 for a team called the Merrits (in Camden), and when that team disbanded, Brooklyn picked up several players from the team.

He is not to be confused with another Charlie Householder who also played in 1884 and who was also from Pennsylvania.

"The C. F. Householder who has been signed by Utica is not the well-known Charlie Householder of this city, but a Harrisburg boy. The more noted Householder, who is a competent catcher, first baseman and outfielder, is in this city . . . " - Sporting Life (published in Philadelphia), Jan. 19, 1887

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