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 was Christy Mathewson's primary catcher from 1902-1908

Roger Bresnahan was Christy Mathewson's primary catcher from 1902-1908

Roger Bresnahan played his first big league game in 1897, just two months after his 18th birthday. He played for five teams including the NL Washington Senators, Chicago Orphans, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Giants. Early in his time John McGraw‘s Orioles as a pitche
Bresnahan finished his Hall of Fame career with 1,252 hits and a .279 average

Bresnahan finished his Hall of Fame career with 1,252 hits and a .279 average

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 for the Chicago Cub

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