|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1854|
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 1924|
Baseball's Number One Fan. Except for the passing array of Boston Beaneater baseball players, whom he adored, Arthur Dixwell was likely the most well-known person in Boston in the 1880s and 1890s. He was the fan's fan and likely the very first famous "crank" in America. He was a trust fund kid from the Jamaica Pond area of Boston, his father John J. was president of the Massachusetts Bank for 25 years and died in 1876 leaving Arthur and siblings a fortune. Arthur used his money to follow and enjoy baseball, and some culture, in a fashion unknown in any circle before him. He had season tickets at the South End Grounds, sometimes traveled with the team, negotiated some deals in a pinch, gave gifts to the players and kept game stats/records to such a fine degree that The Sporting News and other publications went to him for numbers they needed. He was part owner of the Boston Reds of the Players (outlaw) League in 1890. He was a main figure at all Championship games in the 1890s and was given the honor of lifting the first shovel of dirt at the construction of the Huntington Avenue Grounds, after the Nationals fell out of his favor. He threw out the first pitch in 1901 for the Boston Americans (later Red Sox) where Northeastern University now stands. He ran a few businesses in order to keep up his trust fund (selling fancy chairs was one). He was called the "General" because of a dispute with the Beaneaters about season tickets at general admission prices one year. He was a short, squat man with a top hat, which he bought a seat for at ballgames. He was seen less and less during the 1910s, residing quietly in the Copley Square Hotel for two decades until his death. The Boston Royal Rooters were a wild bunch starting in 1903 but had nothing on this one-man dynamo, whose signature call was, "Hey Hey!!" when his team was winning.
Thanks to rbdixtour (#48521359) for above information.
United States Census, 1870
birth: from 1853 to 1854 Massachusetts
residence: 1870 Massachusetts, United States
other: John J Dixwell, Elizabeth B I B Dixwell, Anna I Dixwell, Caroline C Dixwell, Elizabeth B Martin, Mary Kough...
John James Dixwell (1806 - 1876)
Elizabeth Ingersoll Bowditch Dixwell (1823 - 1888)
Anna Parker Dixwell (1847 - 1885)**
Basil Dixwell (1849 - 1862)*
Arthur Dixwell (1854 - 1924)
Caroline Curtis Dixwell Clements (1856 - 1931)*
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Plot: Ailanthus Path,Lot 1179
Maintained by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Originally Created by: American History Teacher
Record added: Dec 18, 2012
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