Bresnahan, Roger

Roger Philip Bresnahan
Born: June 11, 1879, Toledo, Ohio
Died: December 4, 1944, Toledo, Ohio
Played For: 
Washington Senators (1897), Chicago Orphans (1900), Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902), New York Giants (1902-1908), St. Louis Cardinals (1909-1912), Chicago Cubs (1913-1915)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1945

One of the most versatile players of the early 20th century, Roger Bresnahan played all nine positions for a variety of teams during his 17-year career. It was his skillful defensive play and his leadership skills in the dugout, however, that led John McGraw and Branch Rickey to describe him as among the best catchers they had ever seen. Bresnahan was also an innovator, introducing early shin-guard equipment and experimenting with a protective helmet. The Duke of Tralee was the second catcher to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Did You Know: 
that Roger Bresnahan began his Major League career as a pitcher, tossing a six-hit shutout in his big league debut on Aug. 27, 1897?
Roger is a fighter; he was a fighter when a pupil of McGraw's and he has instilled this fighting spirit into his team.
Fred Lieb, Baseball Magazine 1911