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Ed Delahanty
Outfielder | Philadelphia Phillies


Edward James Delahanty: "Big Ed"

     Five of the seven Delahanty brothers made it to the major leagues: Ed, Frank, Jim, Joe and Tom.  Ed broke in with the Phillies at the tender age of 20, and became a perennial league leader in batting average (1 batting title, 7 top five finishes and a career batting average of .346, fifth all-time), on-base average (7 top five finishes) and slugging percentage (5 league titles, 5 more top five finishes).

 

     After hitting .306 in 1892, with a league-leading 21 triples, he blossomed in 1893, narrowly missing the triple crown (.368, 19 HR, 146 RBI).  In 1893, Delahanty hit .400, and he teamed with fellow Hall of Famers Sam Crawford and Billy Hamilton to form one of the best outfields in baseball history.

 

     He didn't win his first batting title until 1899, despite hitting .397 or better three times from 1894 to 1896.  Delahanty had six-hit games in 1890 and 1894, and had ten consecutive hits in 1897.  His four doubles in one game tied the record in 1899, and on July 13, 1896 he hit four home runs - the second man to do so - and a single in a losing cause at Chicago.

 

     After switching to the new AL, he won a second batting title with the Senators (.376) in 1902.  He also led in slugging average, a feat he'd accomplished three times in the NL.

 

     His disdain for training rules got him suspended in June 1903, and he left his club in Detroit to take a train to New York.  At International Bridge near Niagara Falls, the conductor put him off the train for being drunk and disorderly.  Staggering along the tracks in the dark, he fell through an open drawbridge and was swept over the falls to his death.

 


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