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 David Force

David Force

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 21 Jun 1918 (aged 68)
Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Section PG, Plot 24X, Grave 1
Memorial ID 8148 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Known as "Wee Davy" or "Tom Thumb", he stood only 5' 4" tall, and played fifteen seasons with 10 different teams in two leagues during his career. One of basebll's first. "little men" he started off his pro career with the Washington Olympics of the National Association in 1871. During his days in the NA, he "jumped" from team to team several times, as was the pracice of the day, plaing for 7 teams in 5 years during his stay in the NA (3 different teams alone in 1872). Switching over to the newly formed National League in 1876, Davy Force was credited with the first assist in National League history on April 22 of that year while playing shortstop for the Athletic Club of Philadelphia. He was reputedly credited with inventing "The Bunt" play by some historians, it is more likely that he was one of the first to use it as an offensive weapon. Never a great hitter, he stayed in the majors more for his speed and fielding ability. Including his National Association career numbers, he batted .249 in 1,049 games with 1 Home Run and 373 Runed Batted In in 4,251 At-Bats, and appeared in 4 games as a pitcher. He pitched in 3 games with the 1873 Baltimore Lord Baltimores, going 1-1, and in 1874, he pitched in one game with the Chicago White Stockings.

Bio by: Frank Russo


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  • Added: 17 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8148
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Force (27 Jul 1849–21 Jun 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8148, citing Brookside Cemetery, Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .