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Thomas Jefferson "Tom" York (July 13, 1850 – February 17, 1936) was a professional baseball left fielder. Over the course of York's 15-season career as a professional, which spanned the National Association and Major League Baseball, he racked up 1095 hits in 4002 at bats, for a .274 batting average.[1] Twice, during his playing time with the Providence Grays, he was also manager including the entire first season of the team's existence in 1878.[2]

Tom York
Tom York 1885.jpg
Left fielder
Born: (1850-07-13)July 13, 1850
Brooklyn, New York
Died: February 17, 1936(1936-02-17) (aged 85)
New York City
Batted: Left Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
May 9, 1871, for the Troy Haymakers
Last MLB appearance
June 20, 1885, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average.274
  National Association of Base Ball Players
Powhatan of Brooklyn (1869)
Troy Haymakers (1870)
  League Player
Troy Haymakers (1871)
Baltimore Canaries (18721873)
Philadelphia White Stockings (1874)
Hartford Dark Blues (18751877)
Providence Grays (18781882)
Cleveland Blues (1883)
Baltimore Orioles (18841885)

York began his playing career in the amateur National Association of Base Ball Players with the Powhatan club in Brooklyn in 1869. In 1871, he became a member of the Troy Haymakers, one of the founding clubs of the National Association. He was playing for the Hartford Dark Blues when they joined the new National League in 1876.

In 1878, after the Hartfords folded, York joined the Providence Grays as player-manager. That season, he led the National League in total bases, extra-base hits, and triples. He was a member of the National League champion Grays team of 1879, and remained with the team until 1882. In 1883, now a member of the Cleveland Blues he led the league in walks. After one season with the Blues, he was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association. He played two seasons for Baltimore to finish out his major league career.

Tom died at the age of 86 in New York City, and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, which is in Brooklyn.[3]

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