Ned Cuthbert

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Edgar Edward Cuthbert

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Biographical Information[edit]

"Ned Cuthbert . . . was a great outfielder, a first-class base runner and a good hitter and thrower . . . but Ned was of a dissipating nature and saw too many 'blue skies'." - Tim Murnane, reminiscing about players of old, in Sporting Life of March 23, 1886

Edgar "Ned" Cuthbert is credited with being the first player to slide into a base. Cuthbert became a member of the first St. Louis Browns team in the winter of 1874. A left fielder and professional player since 1865, he had joined the Athletics in 1867 and had been with the Philadelphia Keystones before that.

He led the league in steals in 1873 with 13, and from 1871-1875 placed 7th or better in that category. He batted .338 in 1872 with the Philadelphia Athletics, then of the National Association, which would remain his career high. He also was player-manager of the Brown Stockings (St Louis Browns) in 1882, finishing 37-43 and in 5th place.

He was used as an umpire a number of time, starting with three games in the National Association in 1875. He also worked hgames in the Union Association in 1884 and the American Association in 1887 and 1888.

He ran for office (apparently state legislature) in 1888. He was the brother-in-law of teammate Jim Foran, as his sister, Emma married him early in 1870 but died in childbirth later that year.

(Sources include: The National League by Ed Fitzgerald, pg 7; Baseball in the Afternoon: Tales from a Bygone Era by Robert Smith, pg 57; The Spirit of St Louis: A History of the St Louis Cardinals and Browns by Peter Golenbock, pg 6; [1]

Preceded by
St. Louis Brown Stockings Manager
Succeeded by
Ted Sullivan

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Notes
1882 St. Louis Brown Stockings American Association 37-43 5th
1889 Reading Actives Middle States League 6-17 -- Team disbanded on June 18

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