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December 20, 1869: Bill McCauley











Like many early ballplayers, very little is known about Bill McCauley, who was born on this day 150 years ago. He never appeared in organized baseball records outside of his one game with the Washington Senators on August 31, 1895. In that one game, he got in at shortstop for the Senators, becoming part of an organization that would span from 1891-1899 on the first go around.


Washington squared off with the Louisville Colonels as part of a doubleheader that day and in one of the games (the official record does not indicate which one), McCauley appeared at the plate twice, recording a base hit neither time. With that, his brief professional baseball career came to an end, an official 0-for-2 on the ledger.


The Senators lost the first game of the doubleheader 8-4 and won the second game 9-7 and finished the season an abysmal 43-85. Much about McCauley's life and career are still left to mystery (including which way he batted, right or left, which is not included in the official record), but he was buried in Washington, D.C.'s Congressional Cemetery, where 16 former senators, 68 former House members and two former vice presidents are also buried. He was laid to rest there shortly after his death in 1926.

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