Abner Frank Dalrymple

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Abner Frank Dalrymple

Gratiot, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 25 Jan 1939 (aged 81)
Warren, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA
Burial Warren, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA
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Professional baseball player 1878-1891. Position player for the Milwaukee Cream Citys, Chicago White Stockings, Pittsburgh Alleghenys and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Abner Frank Dalrymple (September 9, 1857 – January 25, 1939) was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who hit 43 home runs (including 22 in 1884, the second-highest total to that date) and batted .288 during his 12-season career spent primarily with the Chicago White Stockings, for whom he starred as the leadoff hitter on five National League pennant winners. Born in Gratiot, Wisconsin, he played for the Milwaukee Grays, White Stockings, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, and Milwaukee Brewers.

In 1881, he was given an intentional walk with the bases loaded; the first batter to accomplish that honor. In 1884, he catapulted into sixth place on the all-time home run list. On the strength of 11 HR for the 1885 champions, he moved up one place; his power threat made him the first hitter to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded. He hit just 3 home runs the next two years, however, and he held 10th on the all-time list. He fell from the top ten the next year.

After years with Denver and Milwaukee of the Western Association, "Dal" got his final chance in the big leagues in 1891. The American Association had a new team, the Milwaukee Brewers, a late season replacement for the departing Cincinnati Porkers. And Abner immediately became the fan favorite. In this, his farewell season, he hit an admirable .311. His career had come full circle—beginning and ending in Milwaukee.

On January 24, 1892, Abner re-entered railroad service—becoming a passenger conductor for the Northern Pacific line. But he obtained a ninety day leave of absence each summer for four seasons—finishing out his career in Spokane, Washington; Macon, Georgia; Indianapolis and Evansville, Indiana. His last appearance on the field, at the age of 50, was with a semi-pro team in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1907.

On September 20, 1926, Abner returned to his boyhood home of Warren, Illinois to marry Mrs. Margaret Alderson Glasgow. The bride had a "beautifully and artistically furnished" bungalow there, where the couple spent the summer months prior to Abner's retirement from the Northern Pacific in 1928.

And on January 25, 1939, Abner Dalrymple died at his home in Warren. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, within earshot of the train whistles so inspiring during his youth. He was 81 years old.

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  • Created by: Carol Tessein
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 51082371
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abner Frank Dalrymple (9 Sep 1857–25 Jan 1939), Find a Grave Memorial no. 51082371, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Warren, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Carol Tessein (contributor 46853728) .