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Robert "Death to Flying Things" Ferguson
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1845
Brooklyn
Delaware County
New York, USA
Death: May 3, 1894
Brooklyn
Delaware County
New York, USA

Major League Baseball Player, Manager. An outstanding 19th century ballplayer, he was captain of the Brooklyn Atlantics that handed the Cincinnati Red Stockings their first loss in two years. He was also a Manager as well, managing every team he played for from 1871 through 1884. Considered to be baseball's first switch-hitter, he was a so-so hitter and an outstanding fielder, given the nickname "Death to Flying Things" because of his ability to catch fly balls in an era when players did not wear gloves. Noted for his character, honesty and judgment, he was a shining example of good sportsmanship during a very unruly period of baseball history. He was elected president of the National Association from 1872-1875. Noted for a bad temper, he later became a NL umpire, where his temper once again got the best of him. He got into an argument one day with a player and decided to end the argument by breaking his arm with a bat. Over his NL career, he accrued a .271 lifetime average and a 299-373 won loss record as a manager. (bio by: Frank Russo) 
 
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 Parents:
  Hugh Ferguson (1789 - 1875)
  Sarah H. J. Ferguson (1815 - 1860)
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Jane Johnson Ferguson Tassie (1838 - 1898)*
  Robert Ferguson (1845 - 1894)
  Thomas Ferguson (1849 - 1884)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
ROBERT FERGUSON
Died May 3, 1894
Aged 49 Years
4 Mo. 3 Days
But Now His Radiant Course Is Run,
For Robert's Course Was Bright:
His Soul Was Like The Glorious Sun,
A Matchless Heavenly Light

ELSIE PELL TASSIE
Died Dec. 24, 1909
EMMA J. TASSIE
Died Nov. 16, 1934

 
Burial:
Cypress Hills Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Section 4, Lot 413, Grave 4
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Frank Russo
Record added: Oct 19, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5858591
Robert Death to Flying Things Ferguson
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Robert Death to Flying Things Ferguson
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Robert Death to Flying Things Ferguson
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