Teams: Philadelphia Quakers (Phillies), 1888-1889, 1891-1901; Cleveland Infants, 1890; Washington Nationals, 1902-1903
Some analysts consider Ed Delahanty to be the greatest right-handed hitter of all time. The most famous and eldest of the only family to produce five brothers who became major-league players, Ed batted over .400 three times and took batting titles in both the National League and American League (the only player to accomplish the feat). Yet with the sole exception of Lou Gehrig, Delahanty is baseball's most tragic figure.
Ed Delahanty is famous both for his
hitting record and his tragic life story.
Called “Big Ed” more for his strength than his size, Delahanty played for the Phillies all but one of his first 14 seasons. He joined the Players League in 1890 with the Cleveland Infants.
Returning to the National League in 1891, Delahanty found the Phillies considerably improved. With Big Ed in left field, the club had the strongest hitting attack in the game for the next four years. Despite a team batting average that soared to an all-time record high .349 in 1894, however, the Phils could never rise above third place.
During the 19th century’s last decade, Delahanty led the NL in almost every major hitting department at least once. In 1899, while rapping .410 and also pacing the loop in hits and RBI, Delahanty ripped 55 doubles, a major-league record that stood until 1923.
In 1901, Delahanty and Nap Lajoie, the Phillies’ two biggest stars, both jumped to the new circuit; Delahanty went to
Here are Ed Delahanty's major league totals:
BA G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .346 1,835 7,509 1,601 2,597 520 183 100 1,464 455
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