The Hall of Famers

Dennis Joseph Brouthers
Born:  May 8, 1858, Sylvan Lake, NY
Died:  August 2, 1932, E.Orange, NJ
Bats:  L  Throws:  L
Played for:  Troy Trojans (1879-1880), Buffalo Bisons (1881-1885), Detroit Wolverines (1886-1888), Boston Beaneaters (1889), Boston Reds (1890-1891), Brooklyn Grooms (1892-1893), Baltimore Orioles (1894-1895), Louisville Colonels (1895), Philadelphia Phillies (1896), New York Giants (1904)
Elected to 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.


“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

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