Grave Story: Emil Gross (1858-1921)

Here lies Emil Gross, who performed one of the most incredible catching feats of the 19th Century. He caught every single game for the Providence Grays in 1880 – that would be 87 games in an era where catcher’s protective gear didn’t exist. Gross played for the Grays (1879-81), Philadelphia Quakers (1883) and Chicago Browns … Continue reading Grave Story: Emil Gross (1858-1921)

Grave Story: Charlie Hallstrom (1863-1949)

(This article originally appeared on the Hall of Very Good.) Here lies Charlie “The Swedish Wonder” Hallstrom, the first Sweden-born major-league baseball player. He pitched one game for the 1885 Providence Grays. In 1885, it was fairly common for teams to use a two-manpitching staff. It was also fairly common for pitchers to blow their … Continue reading Grave Story: Charlie Hallstrom (1863-1949)