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Charley Jones

Outfielder
Born: April 30, 1850
Alamance County, North Carolina
Died: Unknown
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 4, 1875 for the Keokuk Westerns
Last MLB appearance
April 26, 1888 for the Kansas City Cowboys
Career statistics
Batting average     .298
Home runs     56
RBI     552
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Charles Wesley Jones (born Benjamin Wesley Rippay[1] on April 30, 1850 - ?) was an American left fielder in the National Association and Major League Baseball who hit 56 home runs and batted .298 during his twelve-year career. Born in Alamance County, North Carolina, he played for several teams: the Keokuk Westerns, Hartford Dark Blues, Cincinnati Reds (NL), Chicago White Stockings, Boston Red Caps, Cincinnati Red Stockings (AA), New York Metropolitans, and Kansas City Cowboys. A popular but controversial player, despite his hitting ability he never played for a league champion.

His best period was from 1883-1885, when he hit 22 home runs, had 186 RBI, and batted .310. Through the first nine seasons of the major leagues' existence, Jones held the career record for home runs, despite missing two of those seasons (1881-82) as a result of being blackballed from the sport. In 1887, he dropped to 4th place. By 1889, he was just tenth, and by 1890 he was no longer among the top ten.

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Fact

  • On June 10, 1880, Jones became the first big leaguer to hit two homers in the same inning. Both home runs came off Buffalo Bisons' pitcher Tom Poorman in the eighth inning of a 19–3 rout.

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Preceded by
George Hall
Career home run record holder
1877-1884
Succeeded by
Harry Stovey
Preceded by
Paul Hines
National League Home Run Champion
1879
Succeeded by
John O'Rourke & Harry Stovey
Preceded by
Paul Hines
National League RBI Champion
1879
{with John O'Rourke)
Succeeded by
Cap Anson
Preceded by
George Hall
Single season home run record holder
1879-1883
Succeeded by
Harry Stovey

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