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Robert M Stafford

Played professional baseball in the 1890s.  Baseball-reference.com does not give a first name, but does list a "Stafford", a right fielder for the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1890 season.  His major league debut was Oct 12, 1890, and presumably was his only professional game as he only logged 2 at bats, with no hits.  Whether this is Robert M Stafford is not completely clear, and on Baseball-reference's biography for Robert Stafford, the connection between the 2 Staffords is denied, stating that birth and death dates have been falsely attributed to the Athletic's player.  It does appear that Robert had a successful minor league career, playing off an on from 1894 to 1910.

In 1894 he played for the Petersburg Farmers of the Virginia League.  In 1895 he played part of the season with the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern League, and the other with the Milwaukee Brewers of the Western League.  He stayed with the Brewers until 1899, playing under Hall of Fame Manager Connie Mack from 1897-1899.  Robert evidently didn't play during the 1900 season, and is listed in the 1900 census as a merchant, living in Oak Ridge with his brother David.  He returned to New Orleans for the 1901-1902 seasons, then for the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association from 1903-1905.  He batted .324, .236, .281 during his years in Atlanta. 


Birth: 26 Jun 1872 in Guilford, North Carolina          Death: 20 Aug 1916 in Quaker Gap, Stokes, North Carolina from Apoplexy

Burial: 21 Aug 1916 in Oak Ridge United Methodist Church Cemetery, Guilford, North Carolina



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