Frederick Ehlen

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Frederick Ehlen

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Biographical Information[edit]

Fred Ehlen played one game in right field for the Baltimore Marylands in 1873, going 0 for 3.

At the time, the man was listed simply as Eland. Little was known of this player except that he played in the Marylands' first game of the season - one they lost, but then they lost all six games they played.

The inability to find any other information about this player made researchers suspect that there had been a mistake in the transcription of his name: the word usually refers to a type of African antelope and is quite unusual as a surname, being absent from Census records of the time. There was however a man named "Ehlen" (also spelled "Ehlan", who was a ballplayer in the 1870s. Two brothers, William and Frederick Ehlen, were ballplayers around the appropriate time, and Fred later appeared in an old-timers' game played by local players. The evidence is that Fred is the man who played the game.

Further Reading[edit]

  • "Antelope Hunting", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, November/December 2014, p. 1.

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