Frederick Herbert (Fred) Carroll (July 2, 1864 - November 7, 1904)
Today's subject of The MMOB Daily Quote is another 19th century baseballer known as the "best young catcher" until on Johnny Bench arrived on the scene. Fred played eight years in the majors, with a lifetime .284 batting average with 27 home runs and 366 RBI in 754 games played.
Not much out there about Fred, but since he was born in Sacramento and died in nearby San Rafael (although it was 104 years ago) I thought it would be interesting to post a little tidbit on a lazy Summer Thursday. So here's a little strangeness...
Taking care of your friends: During most of his career, Carroll kept a pet monkey that he even took with him on road trips. When it died, Carroll hosted a funeral ceremony on the field and arranged to have the monkey buried beneath home plate at Pittsburgh's Recreation Park.
Cheers! - Jason