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Doug Allison
Doug Allison
Birth: July 12, 1846
Doug Allison
Birth: July 12, 1846

Douglas L. Allison played catcher for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first fully professional baseball team.

He was a specialist catcher at a time when some of the better batsmen who manned the position normally rested or substituted at other fielding positions. In Cincinnati the most part of his job was simply to catch the ball --all the pitches of Asa Brainard and as many as possible pops and tips off the bat, a great number, since a catcher could put the batter out by a catch on the first bounce. He is the earliest known player to use a glove, when he donned buckskin mittens to protect his aching hands from fastballs in 1870.

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