Frederick A. Waterman (December, 1845 – December 16, 1899) played third base for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first fully professional baseball team. Events in December Union Day of Romania (1 December World AIDS Day ( December 1) National Day of Year 1845 ( MDCCCXLV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 755 - An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion Year 1899 ( MDCCCXCIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in Baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base — the third of The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 were Baseball 's first openly all-professional team Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each Throughout his career with "major" teams, amateur and pro, third base was his regular position in the field. A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in Baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base — the third of
Born 1845 in New York, Waterman played for the Empire club of his native city in 1865 and for the famous Mutual club (New York Mutuals) the next two years. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The Mutual Base Ball Club of New York was a leading American Baseball club almost throughout its 20-year history Some Mutuals players were compensated materially during the amateur era of National Association of Base Ball Players --city employment is one possibility-- and Waterman may be considered a candidate. The National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP was the first organization governing American Baseball.
At age 22 Waterman moved to Cincinnati for the 1868 season and played for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings managed by Harry Wright. The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 were Baseball 's first openly all-professional team William Henry "Harry" Wright ( January 10 1835 &ndash October 3 1895) was an English -born American professional Open professionalism was one year away but the long move suggests that Waterman was somehow compensated by club members if not by the club. Cincinnati fielded a strong team that year, with five of the famous team already in place. Playing statistics suggest that Waterman was the second best batsman behind John Hatfield, another import from the Mutuals, for he was second on the team both in scoring 4. John Van Buskirk Hatfield ( July 20 1847 &ndash February 20 1909) was an American professional Baseball player in the 1860s 4 runs per game and in being put out only 2. 3 times per game.
When the NABBP permitted professionalism, the Red Stockings hired five incumbents including Waterman and five new men to complete its famous First Nine of 1869, the first team on salary for a season. A few others had previously played some third base (all played at the six infield positions in 1868), but Wright retained Waterman at the position.
Cincinnati toured the continent undefeated in 1869 and may have been the strongest team in 1870, but the club dropped professional base ball after the second season.
Harry Wright was hired to organize a new team in Boston, where he signed three teammates for 1871. The other five regulars including Fred Waterman signed with Nick Young's Washington Olympics, an established club that also joined the new, entirely professional National Association (NA). This article is about the baseball executive See also Nicholas Young (actor and Nicholas Young (sailor Nicholas Efram Young ( The Washington Olympics were a member of the National Association, the first professional Baseball league in 1871 and 1872.
The Olympics appointed as captain another transplant, Charlie Sweasy, but he missed two long stretches of the season with illness. Charles James Sweasy ( November 2, 1847 &ndash March 30, 1908) born Swasey, played Second base for the original Cincinnati Waterman served one stretch as acting captain and so earned his manager's credit in some accounts.
The five former Red Stockings led the Olympics to a respectable finish in the inaugural NA season, but Waterman was left practically alone in the role one year later. He dominated the team at bat, while it failed miserably and dropped out after nine games. He was not picked up by another NA team, perhaps because four others of the eleven entrants went out of business during the season, but playing for a second team was a novelty that year. Probably he remained in Washington, for his major league career resumed when a new team from that city entered for 1873. He was a leading batsman again, now one of two on the team with Paul Hines, but he played only 15 of 39 games, more at shortstop than anywhere else, as captain Warren White manned third. Paul Aloysius Hines ( March 1 1855 – July 10 1935) was an American Center fielder in professional
There were eight teams in the NA field for 1874 and Fred Waterman was not a member. His known professional career ended with five of 69 games for Chicago in 1875. He was 29 years old and still better than league-average as a batter by his meager statistical record.
Waterman died 1899 in Cincinnati at age 54. He is buried in Wesleyan Cemetery in that city. Wesleyan Cemetery is a prominent Cemetery in Cincinnati Ohio.