|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1846|
County Cavan, Ireland
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 1903|
Professional baseball player 1876-1880. Position player for the Boston Red Caps and the Cincinnati Reds.
THE BOSTON GLOBE
Friday, August 21, 1903
"ANDIE" LEONARD DEAD
Famous Old Boston League Ball Player Suddenly receives Last Call In Midst of His Summer Vacation
Andrew J. Leonard, the famous old Boston League ball player, died at 3 o'clock this morning at his home, 10 Sawyer St, this city.
For some time Mr. Leonard had suffered from stomach trouble and was half through a two-weeks' vacation when he died, he leaves a wife and several grown-up children.
For the last eight years he had been employed by the firm of Wright & Ditson, this city, and his last appearance on the ball field was at Hull during the home week celebration.
Andy Leonard was a native of Ireland and about 56 years of age. He came to this country when but a child and settled in Newark, N.J. where he learned the national game and came into public notice in '68 as a member of the crack Newark club, with Charley Sweasy, Rhiney Walters and others. Harry Wright was picking out an all-star aggregation for Cincinnati, and both Leonard and Sweasy were induced to go west to play with the Cincinnati reds. Leonard in left field and Sweasy at second.
The Cincinnatis traveled from Maine to Frisco winning every game and the Newark boys were as clever as the best.
From the start, Leonard put up a remarkable all-round game. he had no weakness as a ball player and was just as modest as he was great.
He remained with Cincinnati in '71 when the team had another great season. At the close of the season of '71, the Wright brothers came to Boston, while Leonard went with the Olympics of Washington. The next season, however, found him with his old manager, this time at the South End grounds, where he remained until '79, helping materially to win the championship in '72, '73, '74, '75, '77, '78 missing the highest honors but once while in Boston.
Mr. Leonard was a member of the Boston-Philadelphia party who paid Europe a visit in 1870 and had the foreigners on tiptoes with his marvelous fielding. His clever knack of taking a ling fly behind his back was ever a delight to his fellow players. He never ran and turned again to catch a fly but could hold the most difficult by running with his back to the infield. His throwing, too, was remarkable for accuracy and the old time visitors to the South End grounds have no recollection of witnessing a man score from second on a ground hit to left with Leonard in the field. Mr. Leonard was one of the few place hitters of his day, and could play any position in the infield in a most brilliant manner.
After '78, Leonard played one more season in Rochester and then gave up owing to weakening eyesight. He then returned to his old home in Newark and took a clerkship at city hall. He never could quite reconcile himself to keep away from Boston and came back a few years ago to take a position with a firm, one of whom was a fellow player in his palmy days.
Andrew J. Leonard was a baseball classic, kind-hearted, and one who played the game to the limit without a mean thought for umpire or opponent. He goes down and out without an enemy on earth. (thks. to contributor Anonymous)
Alice Nugent Leonard (1853 - 1905)*
New Calvary Cemetery
Created by: Carol Tessein
Record added: Apr 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51723623
Neil B (John 3:16)
Added: Apr. 5, 2014
Andy, You were an integral part of one of the greatest ball clubs ever. You were extremely fast and could strike with the best of them.|
Added: Feb. 10, 2014