Roger Bresnahan

Roger Bresnahan autograph
Birthdate 6/11/1879
Death Date 12/4/1944
Debut Year 1897
Year of Induction 1945
Teams Cardinals, Cubs, Giants
Positions Catcher, Outfield

Roger Bresnahan is often credited with introducing shin guards to be worn by catchers, as well as developing the first batting helmet. 

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Roger Bresnahan signs this document as owner of the Toledo Mud Hens

Roger Bresnahan signs this document as owner of the Toledo Mud Hens

After a 17-year career as a player ended in 1915, Roger Bresnahan kept close ties to the game until 1931. Among the roles he fulfilled was owner of the Toledo Mud Hens. It was in this capacity that Bresnahan affixed his signature to this contract from July 11, 1919. Hall of Fame Yankee owner
Closeup of Roger Bresnahan and Jacob Ruppert signatures

Closeup of Roger Bresnahan and Jacob Ruppert signatures

A nice closeup of the signatures of Roger Bresnahan and Jacob Ruppert is shown here. Christy Mathewson’s longtime battery mate, Bresnahan amassed 1,252 career hits and a  .279 lifetime average. He also served as player/manager for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1909-1912 and the Chicago Cubs in

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