Leonidas Lee

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Leonidas Pyrrhus Lee
born Leonidas Pyrrhus Funkhouser

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Biographical Information[edit]

Leonidas Lee was the first major leaguer who attended Princeton University. He was only 16 years old when he played 4 games for the St. Louis Brown Stockings in 1877, a team which also featured the 41-year-old Dickey Pearce in 8 games. Lee was the only teenager on a team whose average age was 25.

Lee, who had been at Princeton in 1877, went back there in 1878. He was from a well-to-do local St. Louis family and used a fake last name to play baseball, as it was not considered a reputable endeavor at the time.

Although Lee is the only major league player whose first name was Leonidas, there have been a couple major leaguers whose middle name was Leonidas.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Chuck Hildebrandt: "Sweet! 16-Year-Old Players in Major League History", Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 48, Nr. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 5-17.

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