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Israel E. Pike (December, 1853 – February 10, 1925) was an outfielder who played in Major League Baseball during the 1877 season.

Baseball career

Pike batted and threw left-handed. His brother, Lipman Emanuel Pike, had much more renown and is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Pike's major league career, statistically speaking, was only slightly different than that of Red Bluhm, Eddie Gaedel, or Moonlight Graham. On August 27, 1877, he appeared in one game for the Brooklyn Hartfords of the National League. Pike connected one hit in four at bats in his only game for a .250 batting average, but he made an error in the outfield.[1]

Pike also played the outfield for the Lowell, Massachusetts team that won the 1875 state championship and claimed the New England title. That same year, he also served as an umpire in the National Association.

References

  1. ^ Note that although baseball-reference.com says his only game was played in right field, a contemporaneous box score from The New York Times reports that he played center field. The box score also credits him with a putout that is omitted from the baseball-reference.com version of his record. See "Base-Ball: The Cincinnati Red Stockings Defeated by the Brooklyn Hartfords" (PDF), The New York Times, p. 2, 1877-08-28 

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