Hillsboro Pitching Phenom is Mystery Man

'HEY, DOUGLASS! IT'S OK TO TRY AND CONFUSE ME WITH THAT HIGH RIDER BUT DON'T CONTUSE ME AT AY TIME!

‘HEY, DOUGLASS! IT’S OK TO TRY AND CONFUSE ME WITH THAT HIGH RIDER BUT DON’T CONTUSE WHEN YOU TRY!”

Another Research Contribution By Darrell Pittman

Another Research Contribution
By Darrell Pittman

Who was “Douglass” of Hillsboro?

Darrell Pittman and I are both still researching the guy, but, so far, we haven’t come up with a tight fit identity. That wonderful piece of 1899 writing includes the frequent omission of the “phenomenal” pitcher Douglass’s first name. – Why include the first name in the story when everybody in 1899 north central Texas apparently already knew who good old boy “Douglass” fully was. Just as the newsmen of that era so often left out the name of a ballpark where the a big game was played, or any note of where it was located, because they simply did not include information that they presumed that their readers already had.

And, after all, newsmen of that time were not writing for history.

We do know this much. According to both Baseball Reference and Baseball Almanac, “Douglass of Hillsboro” never played on any level of professional baseball.

Our Pecan Park Eagle sources at “News Archives.Com” also have turned up nothing, so far, but we will continue to try different kinds of approach to research there.

Darrell Pittman has had a similar problem with his historical news services, but has turned up useful information through Ancestry.Com on likeable age appropriate candidates who were legal residents of Hill County, Texas, where Hillsboro is located, in 1900,  whose common surname was “Douglass.”  If Darrell’s source is correct, the first name for our “Douglass” mystery man was either James, John, Dan or Frank.

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Ancestry.Com List of Hill County Men Named “Douglass” in 1900:

Name Born Home in 1900
James G. Douglass 2/1874 Itasca, Hill County
John S. Douglass 3/1876 Justice Precinct 2, Hill County
Dan W. Douglass 2/1878 Justice Precinct 4, Hill County
Frank Douglass (John S.’s brother) 5/1878 Justice Precinct 2, Hill County

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If you wish to join us here at The Pecan Park Eagle in our search for the bigger truth about the Hillsboro pitching phenom named “Douglass,” please feel free to join us by comment on this latest adventure into the most arcane realms of baseball history.

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3 Responses to “Hillsboro Pitching Phenom is Mystery Man”

  1. Davis Barker .... Jacksonville, Texas Says:

    The DOUGLASS you are referring to was JOHN DOUGLASS – he starred at the Univ of Texas in ’96, ’99, and 1900 … although he desired to make a living with his law degree, he was talked into playing briefly with Austin’s Texas League team in 1900, becoming the first UT player to play pro ball … if you desire to see the newspaper article this is based on, send me an email address and I will send it to you … I don’t think I can post it here.

  2. Follow Up #1 on Hillsboro Phenom | The Pecan Park Eagle Says:

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  3. gregclucas Says:

    Other than defying all the laws of physics, this Douglass guy seemed to be related to Syd Finch. Both were a bit too hard to believe.

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