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Fred Tenney

Fred Tenney

On June 16, 1894, despite scoring 26 runs in the 3-game series‚ Louisville is swept by Boston‚ extending its losing streak to 18 games.

The streak will reach 20 games before the Colonels manage to win. The next day‚ Fred Tenney‚ star catcher of Brown University‚ “volunteers” to play for the Boston Beaneaters.

He gets his first hit‚ drives in 2 runs and scores‚ before breaking his finger while catching in the 5th inning. He’ll return to action in 5 weeks.

In the 1890’s, it was rare for a college graduate to play baseball. Fred would become one of the first.