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Albert Basham

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George Albert "Red" Basham, born October 10th, 18921 in Arkansas2, was a professional baseball player from 1911-1915.

Biography

Basham grew up in Clarksville, AR and later lived in Morrilton, AR. He died there November 27th, 1931 as a result of a automobile accident3. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Morrilton, AR1.

Basham was nicknamed "Red" and was known as heavy-hitting catcher.

Excerpts

"Albert Basham, who will be one of the Dallas Giants catching staff during the coming season, was drafted from the Clarksville team of the Kentucky-Indiana-Tennessee League upon the recommendation of Charles Barrett, scout for the St. louis Americans. Barrett recommended Basham to the St. Louis team, but as this club is well supplied with catchers Basham was not taken on. He was known last season in his league as "Home Run" Basham and was the hardest hitter in the league, getting twenty-four two-baggers, five three-baggers, and ten home runs. He is 20 years old, 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds."4

"Catchers - A. Basham, Clarksville, Ark. . . ."5

"Albert ("Red") Basham, catcher of the Macon team, is in a critical condition as the result of injuries received at Clarksville, Ark., on December 7, when he fell 30 feet from, a tree in which he was gathering mistletoe. His jaw was fractured, several ribs broken, and he suffered internal injuries."6

"Eight persons were injured in a collision of a light truck and an automobile near Clarksville. Albert Basham of Morrilton was the most dangerously injured and was taken to a Clarksville hospital, where he died at noon Friday."3

Stats

Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

2. 1910 U.S. Census
3. Hope Star, 11/27/1931
4. Dallas Morning News, 2/2/1913
5. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2/26/1913
6. Sporting Life, 12/26/1914


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