Fred Abbott

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Harry Frederick Abbott
(Faithful Fred)
born Harry Frederick Winbigler

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]


Fred Abbott's most notorious moment in his major league career came on April 22, 1905. Catching for the Philadelphia Phillies, he tagged out Dan McGann of the New York Giants who was trying to score from second on a single to outfielder Sherry Magee. McGann punched Abbott, who in turn drilled McGann in the back with a baseball. The ensuing melee was generally agreed to be the biggest bench-clearing brawl of the season. Both players were ejected, but there were no further punishments issued. The Giants won, 10-2. Originally debuting in 1903 and spending his first two seasons in Cleveland, he umpired two major league games, both in 1905 as the home plate umpire. These were games played by the Phillies when the regularly scheduled umpire was unavailable.

Before his major league career, Abbott started with the New Orleans Pelicans of the fledgling Southern Association in 1901 and 1902. Following his major league career, Abbott was the starting catcher for the Toledo Mud Hens from 1906-1910.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1905 Hutchinson Salt Miners Kansas State League Replaced Cook
1909 Toledo Mud Hens American Association Replaced by Ralph Seybold

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