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American Alexander CARTWRIGHT

born Alexander Joy CARTWRIGHT

One of several people sometimes referred to as a "father of baseball"

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on April 17, 1820 in Manhattan, New York, USA
Died: on July 12, 1892 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Cartwright was born to Alexander Carwright, Sr., a merchant sea captain, and Esther Burlock Cartwright. Alexander Jr. had six siblings. He first worked at the age of 16 in 1836 as a clerk for a Wall Street broker, later clerking at Union Bank of New York. After hours, he played bat-and-ball games in the streets of Manhattan with volunteer firefighters. Cartwright himself was a volunteer, first with Oceana Hose Company No. 36, and then Knickerbocker Engine Company No. 12.

Cartwright married Eliza Van Wie, from Albany, on June 2, 1842.

A fire destroyed Union Bank in 1845, forcing Cartwright to find other work. He became a bookseller with his brother, Alfred.

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