Fred Cone

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Joseph Frederick Cone

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 171 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Fred Cone was born in Rockford, IL, an early hotbed of baseball, and played for the Rockford team from 1868-1870. When the National Association started, he was signed by Harry Wright and played for the Boston Red Stockings. On July 12, 1871, he got five hits in a game. He umpired a total of 23 major league games, starting in the NA from 1873-1875, and continuing in the National League in 1876 and 1877. After baseball, he worked as a hotel clerk in Chicago. According to an account in the New York Times from 1896 about an old-timers' game:

"Fred Cone, who made his advent into Rockford in 1868 with his overalls in cowhide boots, as a member of the Stillman Valley 'Plowboys', now wears a gorgeous diamond in his shirtfront and is the day clerk of the Victoria Hotel."

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