Ross Barnes Stats

Ross Barnes was born on Wednesday, May 8, 1850, in Mount Morris, New York. Barnes was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 5, 1876, with the Chicago White Stockings. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ross Barnes baseball stats page.

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"Personable and nattily dressed off field and a dashing, graceful figure in uniform, (Ross) Barnes thrilled fans with his mastery as a base runner, 'scientific' batter, and fielder of effortless ease." - Historian Frank V. Phelps in Nineteenth Century Stars (Kansas City, MO: SABR, 1989, Page 30)

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Birth Name:
Charles Roscoe Barnes
Nickname:
Ross
Born On:
05-08-1850  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Mount Morris, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
02-05-1915 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Chicago, Illinois
Cemetery:
Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois
High School:
Rockford High School (Rockford, IL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-08
Player Weight Chart Weight:
145
First Game:
05-05-1876 (Age 25)
Last Game:
09-21-1881
Draft:
Not Applicable

Ross Barnes

Ross Barnes Pitching Stats

1876 26 White Stockings 1 0 0 0 0 .000 20.26 0 0 0 1.1 13 7 3 8 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -
1 Year 1 0 0 0 0 .000 20.26 0 0 0 1.1 13 7 3 8 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -

Ross Barnes

Ross Barnes Hitting Stats

1876 26 White Stockings 66 322 126 138 21 14 1 0 59 20 - 8 - - 0 - .429 .462 .590
1877 27 White Stockings 22 92 16 25 1 0 0 0 5 7 - 4 - - 0 - .272 .323 .283
1879 29 Reds 77 323 55 86 9 2 1 0 30 16 - 25 - - 0 - .266 .301 .316
1881 31 Red Caps 69 295 42 80 14 1 0 0 17 16 - 16 - - 0 - .271 .309 .325
4 Years 234 1,032 239 329 45 17 2 0 111 59 - 53 - - 0 - .319 .356 .401

Ross Barnes

Ross Barnes Fielding Stats

1876 White Stockings 2B 66 - 108 402 6.1 366 167 199 36 22 n/a n/a n/a .910 91.50
1876 White Stockings P 1 0 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1877 White Stockings 2B 22 - 69 142 6.5 119 49 70 23 5 n/a n/a n/a .838 46.57
1879 Reds 2B 16 - 45 102 6.4 87 44 43 15 5 n/a n/a n/a .853 52.20
1879 Reds SS 61 - 156 352 5.8 304 93 211 48 14 n/a n/a n/a .864 52.62
1881 Red Caps 2B 7 - 21 47 6.7 40 19 21 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .851 51.43
1881 Red Caps SS 63 - 156 357 5.7 305 91 214 52 17 n/a n/a n/a .854 52.79
SS Totals 124 0 312 709 5.7 609 184 425 100 31 n/a n/a n/a .859 52.70
2B Totals 111 0 243 693 6.2 612 279 333 81 35 n/a n/a n/a .883 68.00
P Totals 1 0 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
4 Years 236 0 559 1,402 5.9 1,221 463 758 181 66 n/a n/a n/a .871 58.97

Ross Barnes

Ross Barnes Miscellaneous Stats

1876 White Stockings - - - 0 0 n/a 322.0 40.3 5.5 0.00 0.00 0.00
1877 White Stockings - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 23.0 18.4 - - -
1879 Reds - - - 0 0 n/a 323.0 12.9 10.8 - - -
1881 Red Caps - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 18.4 17.4 - - -
4 Years - - - 0 0 n/a 516.0 19.5 9.3 0.00 0.00 0.00

Ross Barnes

Ross Barnes Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1876 Chicago White Stockings n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1877 Chicago White Stockings n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1879 Cincinnati Reds n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1881 Boston Red Caps n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
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Charles Roscoe Barnes was a Major League Baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings ( 1876 - 1877 ), Cincinnati Reds ( 1879 ) and Boston Red Caps ( 1881 ). In 1876 , the first season in National League history, Ross led the National League in on-base percentage (.462), slugging average (.562), runs scored (126), hits (138), doubles (21), triples (14), walks (20), and his .429 batting average earned Barnes the first batting championship in major league history !

Ross Barnes Baseball Card

Ross Barnes Baseball Card | 2011 TriStar Obak (#55) | Baseball Almanac Collection

On May 2, 1876, Ross Barnes hit the first home run in National League history ! In the top of the fifth inning, batting at the top of the lineup, Ross went deep in Brighton Park (Cincinnati) off a righty named Cherokee Fisher , the first pitcher to ever surrender a home run in Major League Baseball history! The box score:

Ross Barnes Hits First Home Run in Major League Baseball History

Ross Barnes | First Home Run in MLB History | Chicago Tribune | May 3, 1876

In 1883, Francis Richter founded the Sporting Life , a weekly magazine devoted to coverage of all sports, with an emphasis on baseball. In 1887, Richter, and other baseball journalists, formed the Base Ball Reporters Association of America, also referred to as the National Base Ball Reporters' Association. And in 1914 Richter wrote the History and Records of Baseball: the American Nation's Chief Sport (Philadelphia: Sporting Life Publishing Co., 1914). In that historic book Richter selected the greatest players in each position in each decade:

Francis Richter Greatest Players by Decade

Decade Catchers Catchers
1870-1880 Doug Allison Deacon White
1880-1890 Charlie Bennett Buck Ewing
1890-1900 Tom Daly Yank Robinson
1900-1912 Chief Meyers Billy Sullivan
Decade Pitchers Pitchers
1870-1880 Candy Cummings Al Spalding
1880-1890 John Clarkson Old Hoss Radbourn
1890-1900 Amos Rusie Cy Young
1900-1912 Christy Mathewson Rube Waddell
Decade First Base First Base
1870-1880 Wes Fisler Joe Start
1880-1890 Cap Anson Charlie Comiskey
1890-1900 Jake Beckley Dan Brouthers
1900-1912 Hal Chase Fred Tenney
Decade Second Base Second Base
1870-1880 Ross Barnes Al Reach (NA Only)
1880-1890 Fred Dunlap Bid McPhee
1890-1900 Nap Lajoie Fred Pfeffer
1900-1912 Eddie Collins Johnny Evers
Decade Third Base Third Base
1870-1880 Cap Anson Ezra Sutton
1880-1890 Jerry Denny Denny Lyons
1890-1900 John McGraw Billy Nash
1900-1912 Home Run Baker Jimmy Collins
Decade Shortstops Shortstops
1870-1880 Davy Force George Wright
1880-1890 Monte Ward Ned Williamson
1890-1900 Hughie Jennings Herman Long
1900-1912 Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace
Decade Left Fielders Left Fielders
1870-1880 Andy Leonard Lip Pike
1880-1890 Tip O'Neill George Wood
1890-1900 Ed Delahanty Joe Kelley
1900-1912 Fred Clarke Chick Stahl
Decade Center Fielders Center Fielders
1870-1880 Count Sensenderfer (NA Only) Harry Wright
1880-1890 Ned Hanlon Hardy Richardson
1890-1900 Billy Hamilton Bill Lange
1900-1912 Ty Cobb Tris Speaker
Decade Right Fielders Right Fielders
1870-1880 Jack Chapman Cal McVey
1880-1890 Joe Kelley Sam Thompson
1890-1900 Jesse Burkett Mike Tiernan
1900-1912 Sam Crawford Willie Keeler

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