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Emanuel Lipman Pike

Also Known As: ""Lip" "Iron Batter""
Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: New York, New York, NY, USA
Death: October 10, 1893 (48)
New York, Kings, New York, United States
Place of Burial: 775 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 11208, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Emanuel Boaz Pike and Jane Pike
Husband of Zilla Pike
Father of Boaz Pike; Minnie Pike and Emanuel L Pike
Brother of Sarah Pike; Julia Pike; Sara Pike; Boaz Emanuel Pike; Caroline Pike and 7 others

Occupation: Professional Baseball Player
Managed by: Robin Lent
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About Lipman Pike

LIPMAN "LIP" PIKE Sport: Baseball Inducted: 1985 Country: United States Born: May 25, 1845 in New York City Died: October 10, 1893


Accepting twenty dollars a week to play third base for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1866, Lip Pike became baseball's first professional player. Other top players soon followed suit, and within three years, the first all-pro team was born in Cincinnati.

In 1871, the National Association— the first professional league— was founded, and "Lip" Pike played and managed the N.A. Troy Haymakers, batting .351. His six-year National Associa­tion batting average was .321. His five-season National League average was .306, with 5 home runs, 36 doubles, 16 triples, and 88 RBIs.

Pike was also baseball's first homerun champion. Although the exact number of roundtrippers is not known, it is recorded that he hit six homers in one game in July 1866.

Primarily an outfielder, Pike played every position and batted and threw left-handed. His career spanned the years 1865 to 1887, as a player, player-manager, or managing numerous teams in six different leagues. Among his teams were the Brooklyn Atlantics, Philadelphia Athletics, Lord Baltimores, Troy Haymakers, St. Louis Brown Stockings, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Hartford Nutmegs, and the original New York Mets.

Pike's athletic career was not confined to baseball. Known for his remarkable speed, he ran competitively, often running for cash purses in chal­lenge races. He once raced and beat a famous trotting horse named "Clarence" in a 100-yard sprint (in 10 sec­onds flat), winning a $250 prize.

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Lipman Pike's Timeline

May 25, 1845
New York, New York, NY, USA
Age 21
Age 22
June 1870
Age 25
Brooklyn, Kings, NY, USA
October 10, 1893
Age 48
New York, Kings, New York, United States
Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 11208, USA