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Charles William (Charlie) Ganzel (June 18, 1862
- April 7, 1914) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played
for the St. Paul Saints (1884), Philadelphia Quakers
(1885-1886[start]), Detroit Wolverines
(1886[end]-1888) and Boston Beaneaters (1889-1897). He batted
and threw right-handed.
A native of Waterford, Wisconsin, Ganzel came
from a baseball family. His son, Babe, was an outfielder who played with the Senators from
1927 to 1928, and his brother John was a first baseman for the Pirates,
Cubs, Giants, Highlanders
from 1898-1908, and also managed the Reds and the Tip-Tops between
1908 and 1915. Two brothers and two sons also played in the minor
Ganzel started his career in 1884 with the St. Paul team of the
short lived Union Association. In 1885 he signed
with Philadelphia and made his debut in the National
League. Manager Harry Wright engaged him as the everyday
catcher as he remained with the team that season and part of 1886,
when was purchased by the Detroit Wolverines.
In Detroit, Ganzel shared duties with Charlie Bennett as he showed a
significant improvement in his work, impressing many with his solid
defense and strong throwing arm. At the end of 1888 he was sold to
the Boston Beaneaters along with Hardy Richardson, Dan Brouthers, and
Bennett for $25,000. That was the largest sum paid up to that time
for four ball players and Boston obtained plenty of good
advertising as well as four talented players who became headliners
in the league.
When the Players League took nearly all the star
players from the National League in 1890, Ganzel remained with
Boston as he refused to sign an agreement to go with the
Broterhood. During nine years he catched, often filling in at first
base, and was also a shore man in the outfield. His most productive season came in
he posted career-highs in batting average (.278), runs (51), triples
(six), home runs (three)
and runs batted in (56).
Ganzel played his final major league game in 1897. He continued
playing and coaching for strong teams around New England.
In a 14-season career, Ganzel was a .259 hitter with 10 home
runs and 412 RBI in 786 games. He also appeared in two World Championship
Series (1887 and 1892).
Ganzel died in Quincy, Massachusetts, at the age