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Dave Fultz

Outfielder
Born: May 29, 1875(1875-05-29)
Staunton, Virginia
Died: October 29, 1959 (aged 84)
DeLand, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 1, 1898 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1905 for the New York Highlanders
Career statistics
Batting average     .271
Stolen bases     189
Runs batted in     223
Teams

David Lewis (Dave) Fultz (May 29, 1875 - October 29, 1959) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played in the National League with the Philadelphia Phillies (1898-1899[start]) and Baltimore Orioles (1899[end]), and for the Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1902) and New York Highlanders (1903-1905) of the American League. He batted and threw right-handed.

In a seven-season career, Fultz posted a .271 batting average with 223 RBI and three home runs in 644 games played.

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Early life and career

A native of Staunton, Virginia, Fultz graduated in 1898 with a law degree from Brown University, where he excelled in football and baseball and was named captain of both teams. Signed by the Phillies the same year, he played for them in part of two seasons and went to Baltimore in the 1899 midseason and played under John McGraw. With McGraw, Fultz developed as a solid bases stealer, and in hit and run and bunting situations.

Later career in baseball

Fultz in 1903.

When the American League was created, Fultz joined the Philadelphia Athletics of Connie Mack in 1901, appearing at shortstop and second base, and later moved to center field. Fultz responded leading his team with 36 stolen bases and hit .292 with 95 runs scored. His most productive season came in 1902, when he stole 44 bases, hit a career-high .302, and led the American League with 109 runs. On September 4, he stole second base, third and home, in the second inning of a game against the Tigers.

From 1903 to 1905, Fultz played for the New York Highlanders when Clark Griffith managed the team. During the offseason and in his spare time he attended New York Law School, passing the New York bar exam. Fultz averaged 30 stolen bases for season with a high 42 in 1905. That season, he suffered a late September collision with teammate Kid Elberfeld, breaking his nose and jaw, and retired at 31 age.

Career after baseball

In 1906 Fultz became a practicing attorney. In 1912, he created a furor in baseball by unionizing major league players in an organization called the Players Fraternity. Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson were among its officers. The group threatened to strike in 1917, but the walkout was averted after Fultz obtained some concessions for the players. The union was disintegrated during World War I.

After service as a WWI lieutenant aviator, Fultz became president of the International League. He also served as a football coach for the University of Missouri, Lafayette College, Brown and New York universities, and coached in baseball at the U.S. Naval Academy, Columbia University, and N.Y.U.

He retired in 1947 as a lawyer with offices at Broadway, New York, and came to Lake Helen, Florida, where he bought the estate of Henry A. DeLand.

Fultz died in DeLand, Florida, at the age of 84.

Football

Fultz also played professional football in 1900 and 1901 with the Homestead Library & Athletic Club, as a fullback. In 1901 he was named the team's captain.[1] Prior to playing for Homestead, Fultz played football for the Duquesne Country and Athletic Club in 1899.[2]

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References

  1. ^ "Sporting Notes". The Worcester Spy. 1901-08-03.  
  2. ^ The Worst Season Ever. Professional Football Researchers Association. pp. 1-2. http://www.profootballresearchers.org/Articles/Worst_Season_Ever.pdf.  
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