The Captain's Mates - A List of Cap Anson's Teammates
Cap Anson shared the diamond with more than 270 different men throughout his illustrious career. Five of the men listed here are enshrined with Anson in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Countless others will be recognizable to fans of 19th century baseball. Some are all-but-forgotten names that played only the proverbial "cup of coffee" in the big leagues. Presented here is a comprehensive list of Cap's teammates through the years.

1871 Rockford Forest Citys
C - Scott Hastings
1B - Denny Mack
2B - Bob Addy
3B - Cap Anson
SS - Chick Fulmer
OF - George Bird
OF - Gat Stires
OF - Ralph Ham
UTL - Pony Sager
UTL - Al Barker
SP - Cherokee Fisher
SP - Denny Mack

1872 Philadelphia Athletics
C - Fergy Malone
1B - Denny Mack
2B - Wes Fisler
3B - Cap Anson
SS - Mike McGeary
OF - Ned Cuthbert
OF - Fred Treacey
OF - Levi Meyerle
UTL - Al Reach
UTL - Dickie Flowers
UTL - Count Sensenderfer
SP - Dick McBride

1873 Philadelphia Athletics
C - John Clapp
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Wes Fisler
3B - Ezra Sutton
SS - Mike McGeary
OF - John McMullin
OF - Cherokee Fisher
OF - Tim Murnane
UTL - Count Sensenderfer
UTL - Al Reach
UTL - Joe Battin
SP - Dick McBride

1874 Philadelphia Athletics
C - Mike McGeary
1B - Wes Fisler
2B - Joe Battin
3B - Ezra Sutton
SS - Cap Anson
OF - John McMullin
OF - Count Gedney
OF - John Clapp
UTL - Tim Murnane
UTL - Al Reach
UTL - Tom Miller
UTL - Count Sensenderfer
SP - Dick McBride

1875 Philadelphia Athletics
C - John Clapp
1B - Wes Fisler
2B - Bill Craver
3B - Ezra Sutton
SS - Davy Force
OF - George Hall
OF - Dave Eggler
OF - George Bechtel
UTL - Cap Anson
UTL - John Richmond
UTL - Adam Rocap
UTL - Al Reach
UTL - William Coon
UTL - (Unknown) Gilroy
SP - Dick McBride
SP - Lon Knight

1876 Chicago White Stockings
C - Deacon White
1B - Cal McVey
2B - Ross Barnes
3B - Cap Anson
SS - John Peters
OF - Paul Hines
OF - John Glenn
OF - Bob Addy
UTL - Oscar Bielaski
UTL - Fred Andrus
SP - Al Spalding

1877 Chicago White Stockings
C - Cal McVey
1B - Al Spalding
2B - Ross Barnes
3B - Cap Anson
SS - John Peters
OF - Paul Hines
OF - John Glenn
OF - Dave Eggler
UTL - Harry Smith
UTL - Jimmy Hallinan
UTL - Charlie Eden
UTL - Charlie Waitt
UTL - Paddy Quinn
UTL - Charley Jones
UTL - Dave Rowe
UTL - Cherokee Fisher
SP - George Bradley
SP - Laurie Reis
SP - Al Spalding

1878 Chicago White Stockings
C - Bill Harbidge
1B - Joe Start
2B - Bill McClellan
3B - Frank Hankinson
SS - Bob Ferguson
OF - John Cassidy
OF - Jack Remsen
OF - Cap Anson
UTL - Jimmy Hallinan
UTL - Phil Powers
UTL - Bill Traffley
UTL - Bill Sullivan
UTL - Al Spalding
SP - Terry Larkin
SP - Laurie Reis

1879 Chicago White Stockings
C - Silver Flint
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Joe Quest
3B - Ned Williamson
SS - John Peters
OF - Orator Shaffer
OF - Abner Dalrymple
OF - George Gore
UTL - Jack Remsen
UTL - Lew Brown
UTL - Bill Harbidge
UTL - John Stedronsky
UTL - Herm Doscher
UTL - Tom Dolan
SP - Terry Larkin
SP - Frank Hankinson

1880 Chicago White Stockings
C - Silver Flint
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Joe Quest
3B - Ned Williamson
SS - Tom Burns
OF - Abner Dalrymple
OF - George Gore
OF - King Kelly
UTL - Tommy Beals
UTL - Tom Poorman
SP - Larry Corcoran
SP - Fred Goldsmith
SP - Charlie Guth

1881 Chicago White Stockings
C - Silver Flint
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Joe Quest
3B - Ned Williamson
SS - Tom Burns
OF - Abner Dalrymple
OF - George Gore
OF - King Kelly
UTL - Hugh Nicol
UTL - Andy Piercy
SP - Larry Corcoran
SP - Fred Goldsmith

1882 Chicago White Stockings
C - Silver Flint
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Tom Burns
3B - Ned Williamson
SS - King Kelly
OF - Abner Dalrymple
OF - George Gore
OF - Hugh Nicol
UTL - Joe Quest
UTL - Milt Scott
SP - Larry Corcoran
SP - Fred Goldsmith

1883 Chicago White Stockings
C - Silver Flint
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Ned Williamson
SS - Tom Burns
OF - Abner Dalrymple
OF - George Gore
OF - King Kelly
UTL - Billy Sunday
SP - Larry Corcoran
SP - Fred Goldsmith

1884 Chicago White Stockings
C - Silver Flint
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Ned Williamson
SS - Tom Burns
OF - Abner Dalrymple
OF - George Gore
OF - King Kelly
UTL - Billy Sunday
UTL - Walt Kinzie
UTL - Joe Brown
UTL - Sy Sutcliffe
UTL - Tom Lynch
SP - Larry Corcoran
SP - Fred Goldsmith
SP - John Clarkson
SP - Joe Brown
SP - Tom Lee
SP - George Crosby
SP - John Hibbard
SP - Fred Andrus
SP - Mike Corcoran

1885 Chicago White Stockings
C - Silver Flint
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Ned Williamson
SS - Tom Burns
OF - Abner Dalrymple
OF - George Gore
OF - King Kelly
UTL - Billy Sunday
UTL - Sy Sutcliffe
UTL - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - Jim McCauley
UTL - Wash Williams
UTL - Ed Gastfield
UTL - Bill Krieg
SP - John Clarkson
SP - Jim McCormick
SP - Ted Kennedy
SP - Larry Corcoran

1886 Chicago White Stockings
C - Silver Flint
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Tom Burns
SS - Ned Williamson
OF - Abner Dalrymple
OF - George Gore
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - Billy Sunday
UTL - King Kelly
UTL - George Moolic
UTL - Loe Hardie
SP - John Clarkson
SP - Jim McCormick
SP - Jocko Flynn

1887 Chicago White Stockings
C - Tom Daly
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Tom Burns
SS - Ned Williamson
OF - Billy Sunday
OF - Marty Sullivan
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - Silver Flint
UTL - Dell Darling
UTL - Bob Pettit
UTL - Patsy Tebeau
UTL - Emil Geiss
UTL - Jocko Flynn
SP - John Clarkson
SP - Mark Baldwin
SP - George Van Haltren
SP - Shadow Pyle
SP - Charlie Sprague

1888 Chicago White Stockings
C - Tom Daly
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Tom Burns
SS - Ned Williamson
OF - Hugh Duffy
OF - Marty Sullivan
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - Duke Farrell
UTL - Bob Pettit
UTL - Silver Flint
UTL - Dell Darling
SP - Gus Krock
SP - Mark Baldwin
SP - George Van Haltren
SP - John Tener
SP - George Borchers
SP - Ad Gumbert
SP - Frank Dwyer
SP - Tod Brynan
SP - Dad Clarke
SP - Willard Mains

1889 Chicago White Stockings
C - Duke Farrell
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Tom Burns
SS - Ned Williamson
OF - Hugh Duffy
OF - George Van Haltren
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - Charlie Bastian
UTL - Pete Sommers
UTL - Silver Flint
UTL - Dell Darling
SP - Bill Hutchison
SP - Frank Dwyer
SP - John Tener
SP - Ad Gumbert
SP - Gus Krock
SP - John Healey
SP - Bill Bishop

1890 Chicago Colts
C - Malachi Kittridge
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Bob Glenalvin
3B - Tom Burns
SS - Jimmy Cooney
OF - Walt Wilmot
OF - Cliff Carroll
OF - Jim Andrews
UTL - Howard Earl
UTL - Tom Nagle
UTL - Pete O’Brien
UTL - Elmer Foster
UTL - Jake Stenzel
UTL - Ed Hutchison
UTL - Chuck Lauer
UTL - Dad Lytle
UTL - Marty Honan
UTL - Pat Wright
SP - Bill Hutchison
SP - Pat Luby
SP - Ed Stein
SP - Mike Sullivan
SP - Roscoe Coughlin
SP - Robert Gibson
SP - Ed Eiteljorge
RP - Fred Demarais
RP - Ossie France

1891 Chicago Colts
C - Malachi Kittridge
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Bill Dahlen
SS - Jimmy Cooney
OF - Walt Wilmot
OF - Cliff Carroll
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - Tom Burns
UTL - Pop Schriver
UTL - Bill Bowman
UTL - Bill Merritt
UTL - Tom Nagle
UTL - Elmer Foster
UTL - Marty Honan
SP - Bill Hutchison
SP - Ad Gumbert
SP - Pat Luby
SP - Tom Vickery
SP - Ed Stein
SP - George Nicole

1892 Chicago Colts
C - Pop Schriver
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Jim Canavan
3B - Jiggs Parrott
SS - Bill Dahlen
OF - Sam Dungan
OF - Walt Wilmot
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - George Decker
UTL - Jimmy Cooney
UTL - Malachi Kittridge
UTL - Charlie Newman
UTL - Jim Connor
UTL - Fred Roat
SP - Bill Hutchison
SP - Ad Gumbert
SP - Pat Luby
SP - Harry DeMiller
SP - George Meakim
SP - Frank Griffith
RP - John Hollison

1893 Chicago Colts
C - Malachi Kittridge
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Bill Lange
3B - Jiggs Parrott
SS - Bill Dahlen
OF - Sam Dungan
OF - Walt Wilmot
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - George Decker
UTL - Pop Schriver
UTL - Lew Camp
UTL - Charlie Irwin
UTL - Bob Glenalvin
UTL - Bill Eagan
UTL - Henry Lynch
UTL - John O’Brien
UTL - Bob Caruthers
SP - Bill Hutchison
SP - Willie McGill
SP - Hal Mauck
SP - Fritz Clausen
SP - Gus McGinnis
SP - Bert Abbey
SP - Frank Donnelly
SP - Clark Griffith
SP - Sam Shaw
RP - Tom Parrott
RP - Jim Hughey
RP - Gus Yost
RP - Doc Parker
RP - Abe Johnson

1894 Chicago Colts
C - Pop Schriver
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Jiggs Parrott
3B - Charlie Irwin
SS - Bill Dahlen
OF - Bill Lange
OF - Walt Wilmot
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - George Decker
UTL - Malachi Kittridge
UTL - Sam Dungan
UTL - Lew Camp
UTL - John Houseman
SP - Bill Hutchison
SP - Clark Griffith
SP - Willie McGill
SP - Adonis Terry
SP - Scott Stratton
SP - Bert Abbey
SP - Kid Camp
SP - Fritz Clausen

1895 Chicago Colts
C - Tim Donahue
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Ace Stewart
3B - Bill Everitt
SS - Bill Dahlen
OF - Bill Lange
OF - Walt Wilmot
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - George Decker
UTL - Malachi Kittridge
UTL - Harry Truby
UTL - Bill Moran
UTL - Charlie Irwin
UTL - Jiggs Parrott
SP - Clark Griffith
SP - Bill Hutchison
SP - Adonis Terry
SP - Doc Parker
SP - Danny Friend
SP - Walter Thornton
SP - Scott Stratton
SP - Monte McFarland
SP - John Dolan
SP - Bert Abbey

1896 Chicago Colts
C - Malachi Kittridge
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Fred Pfeffer
3B - Bill Everitt
SS - Bill Dahlen
OF - Bill Lange
OF - George Decker
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - Tim Donahue
UTL - Barry McCormick
UTL - Harry Truby
UTL - George Flynn
UTL - Josh Reilly
UTL - Algie McBride
UTL - Con Daily
SP - Clark Griffith
SP - Danny Friend
SP - Adonis Terry
SP - Buttons Briggs
SP - Doc Parker
SP - Monte McFarland
SP - Walter Thornton

1897 Chicago Colts
C - Malachi Kittridge
1B - Cap Anson
2B - Jim Connor
3B - Bill Everitt
SS - Bill Dahlen
OF - Bill Lange
OF - George Decker
OF - Jimmy Ryan
UTL - Tim Donahue
UTL - Barry McCormick
UTL - Walter Thornton
UTL - Fred Pfeffer
UTL - Tom Hernon
SP - Clark Griffith
SP - Danny Friend
SP - Buttons Briggs
SP - Nixey Callahan
SP - Walter Thornton
SP - Roger Denzer
SP - Jim Korwan
SP - Adonis Terry
SP - Dave Wright

Hall of Fame Teammates
(text courtesy National Baseball Hall of Fame)

John Clarkson

Though he played just 12 major league seasons, John Clarkson was a standout among 19th century pitchers. His wide variety of curve balls and his outstanding ability to pitch to the batter's weakness propelled him to a lofty 327-177 career record. He won 53 games in leading the Chicago White Stockings to the 1885 National League pennant and twice hurled over 600 innings in a season. At the time Clarkson retired from the game, he was the winningest pitcher in National League history.

Hugh Duffy

A brilliant defensive outfielder for the Boston Beaneaters, Hugh Duffy also hit the ball with authority, showing remarkable power for his diminutive stature. He assembled a string of ten straight .300-plus seasons, and in 1894 he batted .438 while leading the National League in doubles (50) and home runs (18). Duffy's stellar all-around play helped Boston to four pennants during his nine-year tenure with the club.

Clark Griffith

Known as "The Old Fox," Clark Griffith was an imaginative player, manager and owner. As a pitcher, he topped the 20-victory mark six years in a row for the White Stockings, amassing 237 career victories. In 1901, as a player-manager, he led Chicago to the first American League pennant. An innovative owner, Griffith worked within a limited budget, signing many Latino players, reworking the waiver rules, courting publicity, and keeping the Senators franchise afloat from his arrival in Washington in 1912 to his death in 1955.

Mike "King" Kelly

Not only was Mike "King" Kelly one of the premier players of his day, he was also one of the most flamboyant. His daring baserunning prompted fans to coin the battle cry, "Slide, Kelly, Slide," and the catcher-outfielder sparked the Chicago Nationals to five pennants. Manager Cap Anson credited Kelly with originating the hit-and-run play. After capturing the batting crown in 1886, the colorful Kelly was sold to the Boston Beaneaters for a then-record $10,000.

Albert Spalding

A.G. Spalding was the premier pitcher of the 1870s and an organizational genius during baseball's formative years. He led the league in pitching victories in each of his six full seasons in Organized baseball (1871 to 1876). His 47 victories led the '76 Chicago White Stockings to the first-ever National League championship. With the success of the sporting goods business he founded in 1876, Spalding left the playing field for an executive role with the White Stockings; as team president from 1882 to 1891, he directed the club to three pennants.

Chicago's Stonewall Infield
(text courtesy Anson's autobiography "A Ball Player's Career)

 

Cap Anson, First Base

"This was the infield that became famous as 'Chicago's stone wall,' that name being given to it for the reasons that the only way a ball could be gotten through it was to bat it so high that it was out of reach. The members of that famous infield were Williamson, Pfeffer, Burns and myself, and so long had we played together and so steadily had we practiced that there was scarcely a play made that we were not in readiness to meet. We had a system of signals that was almost perfect, and the moment that a ball was hit and we had noted its direction we knew just what to look for. We were up to all the tricks of the game, and better than all else we had the greatest confidence in each other."

Fred Pfeffer, Second Base

"Fred Pfeffer, who came from Louisville, Ky., was a ball-player from the ground up, and as good a second baseman as there was in the profession, the only thing that I ever found to criticize in his play being a tendency to pose for the benefit of the occupants of the grand stand. He was a brilliant player, however, and as good a man in his position according to my estimate as any that ever held down the second bag. He was a high-salaried player and one that earned every cent that he received, being a hard worker and always to be relied upon."

Ned (Ed) Williamson - Shortstop

"Ed was, in my opinion, the greatest all-around ball-player the country ever saw. He was better than an average batsman and one of the few that knew how to wait for a ball and get the one that he wanted before striking. ... At short Williamson was right in his element and in spite of his size he could cover as much ground in that position as any man I have ever seen. While his throwing was of the rifle-shot order, it was yet easy to catch, as it seemed to come light to your hands, and this was also true of the balls thrown by Pfeffer and Burns, both of whom were very accurate in that line."

Tom Burns - Third Base

"At third base Burns was as good as the best of them, he excelling at the blocking game, which he carried on in a style that was particularly his own and which was calculated to make a base-runner considerable trouble. ... He was a fair base-runner, using excellent judgment in that respect, and a first-class slider, going into the bases head first when compelled to make a slide for them, instead of feet first, like the majority of the players of that day and generation; in fact, he was more of a diver than a slider, and he generally managed to get there."