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 Charles Schuyler De Bost

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Charles Schuyler De Bost

Birth
Death
26 May 1895 (aged 68)
Burial
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot
Lot 16573, Section 114 at the intersection of Atlantic & Meadow Avenues
Memorial ID
43634002 View Source

Baseball Pioneer. One of the founding members of the Knickerbockers Base Ball Club of New York, the first organized baseball team. These players also formed the core founding group of the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) in the late 1850s. He was elected to the Knickerbockers in the mid-1840's and was a Director from 1853 through 1855. He was also named Captain of the club and played in the first 1858 All-Star game. Most of his playing time was spent behind the plate as catcher, although he played shortstop in his final season in 1860. Records from the time are spotty, but De Bost was most likely the best catcher to play in baseball's formative years. Charles A. Peverelly, one of baseball's earliest chroniclers, wrote in 1866, "His name in the annals of Base Ball will always be remembered with pleasure. He was very active and full of good-humor, always creating much amusement upon the ball field; as a catcher, he held the first rank for many years, and it may be asserted that he has never had a superior in that position." According to William Ryczek in "Baseball's First Inning: A History of the National Pastime Through the Civil War", "He was such a talented player that, on numerous occasions, the club declined to play matches in his absence."

Baseball Pioneer. One of the founding members of the Knickerbockers Base Ball Club of New York, the first organized baseball team. These players also formed the core founding group of the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) in the late 1850s. He was elected to the Knickerbockers in the mid-1840's and was a Director from 1853 through 1855. He was also named Captain of the club and played in the first 1858 All-Star game. Most of his playing time was spent behind the plate as catcher, although he played shortstop in his final season in 1860. Records from the time are spotty, but De Bost was most likely the best catcher to play in baseball's formative years. Charles A. Peverelly, one of baseball's earliest chroniclers, wrote in 1866, "His name in the annals of Base Ball will always be remembered with pleasure. He was very active and full of good-humor, always creating much amusement upon the ball field; as a catcher, he held the first rank for many years, and it may be asserted that he has never had a superior in that position." According to William Ryczek in "Baseball's First Inning: A History of the National Pastime Through the Civil War", "He was such a talented player that, on numerous occasions, the club declined to play matches in his absence."


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