Brouthers, Dan

Dennis Joseph Brouthers
Born: May 8, 1858, Sylvan Lake, New York
Died: August 2, 1932, East Orange, New Jersey
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1945

Playing for a variety of teams during a 19-year career which spanned four decades, Dan Brouthers won five batting titles, more than any other 19th-century player. The powerful first baseman also led his league in slugging percentage during seven seasons, hits on three occasions and totaled over 100 home runs before 1900, a rare feat. His lifetime batting average of .349 ranks in the all-time top 10. He is considered to be the first great slugger in baseball.

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Did You Know: 
that following his big league career, Dan Brouthers starred in the Minor Leagues, hitting a league-leading .373 as a 46-year-old first baseman with Poughkeepsie of the Hudson River League?
Brouthers really was a great hitter, one of the most powerful batters of all time. Big Dan in his prime, against the present-day pitching and the modern lively ball, would have hit as many home runs as anybody. I don't think I ever saw a longer hitter.
John McGraw