Dell Darling

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Conrad Darling

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dell Darling played in three leagues during a six-year major league career. Mostly a catcher, he also played infield and outfield and was primarily a first baseman in 1890.

Dell broke in in 1883 with the Buffalo Bisons, a team that featured quite a few famous players, including Dan Brouthers and Pud Galvin. Dell was the second-youngest player on the team.

He came back in 1887-1889 to play for Cap Anson's Chicago White Stockings. In 1890 he went to the Players League entry in Chicago, managed by Charlie Comiskey, and in 1891 he closed out his major league career on another Charlie Comiskey-managed team, the St. Louis Browns, in the last year of the American Association.

He also umpired a couple of games in the National League in 1887 and two more in the American Association in 1891.

He died at age 42. His obituary stated that he had been ill for several months, but only in the last few days had his condition turned serious.

"Dell Darling's death aroused kindly memories for many a fan. The tall, bald-headed catcher was far from being an inferior backstop, and did yeoman service for Anson's men, and, later for Comiskey, in the Brotherhood team." - Sporting Life of December 10, 1904

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