Bob Ferguson

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Robert Vavasour Ferguson
(Death to Flying Things)

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9½", Weight 149 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bob Ferguson played in the majors from the time they were organized (he was 26 and a well-known "amateur" player in 1871), and was the first switch hitter. His major league playing career lasted 14 years, and his managerial career was 16 years (mostly as a player-manager).

He managed and played alongside 35-year-old Dickey Pearce in 1871, as well as Cap Anson in 1878, and also the rookie Dan Brouthers in 1879.

Ferguson had played for the Enterprise club in 1865 and the Brooklyn Atlantics starting in 1866.

Ferguson is remembered partly because of his unusual nickname "Death to Flying Things". It is a nickname that was also bestowed on his long-time amateur teammate Jack Chapman. While there is disagreement over who received the nickname first, Ferguson played infield while Chapman played outfield so Chapman would presumably have had more chances to field towering "flying things".

After his playing and managing days came to a close, Ferguson spent time as a big league umpire. He worked in the National League, American Association and Players League from 1884 to 1891, but had previously worked a signifcant number of games in the National Association between 1871 and 1879.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1878)
  • NL Bases on Balls Leader (1880)

Preceded by
Al Spalding
Chicago White Stockings Manager
Succeeded by
Cap Anson
Preceded by
Philadelphia Quakers Manager
Succeeded by
Blondie Purcell
Preceded by
Denny McKnight
Pittsburgh Alleghenys Manager
Succeeded by
Joe Battin

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1871 New York Mutuals National Association 16-17 5th New York Mutuals
1872 Brooklyn Atlantics National Association 9-28 7th Brooklyn Atlantics
1873 Brooklyn Atlantics National Association 17-37 6th Brooklyn Atlantics
1874 Brooklyn Atlantics National Association 22-33 6th Brooklyn Atlantics
1875 Hartford Dark Blues National Association 54-28 3rd Hartford Dark Blues
1876 Hartford Dark Blues National League 47-21 3rd Hartford Dark Blues
1877 Hartfords of Brooklyn National League 31-27 3rd Hartfords of Brooklyn
1878 Chicago White Stockings National League 30-30 4th Chicago White Stockings
1879 Troy Trojans National League 7-22 8th Troy Trojans Replaced Horace Phillips (12-34) on August 7
1880 Troy Trojans National League 41-42 4th Troy Trojans
1881 Troy Trojans National League 39-45 5th Troy Trojans
1882 Troy Trojans National League 35-48 7th Troy Trojans
1883 Philadelphia Quakers National League 4-13 -- Philadelphia Quakers Replaced by Blondie Purcell on May 30
1884 Pittsburgh Alleghenys American Association 11-31 -- Pittsburgh Alleghenys Replaced Denny McKnight (4-8) on May 17
Replaced by Joe Battin on July 17
1886 New York Metropolitans American Association 48-70 7th New York Metropolitans Replaced Jim Gifford (5-12) on May 17
1887 New York Metropolitans American Association 6-24 -- New York Metropolitans Replaced by Dave Orr on June 3

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