With the addition of Portugal, there have now been Major Leaguers from 56 different countries.
Now, if you’re scrambling through the list of players who have debuted in the last few days to see who it is, it turns out one has been with us almost since the beginning. Thanks to research by Justin McKinney and Peter Morris, Frank Thompson, previously credited as playing one game for Brooklyn in the National Association in 1875, was actually Augustus Fernandez, born on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. Thompson/Fernandez also is the previously no-first-name Thompson who appeared in 11 games for Washington in the 1875 National Association. He was primarily a catcher with Washington, and his stint with them had a few rough edges even by the standard of the time: he went 4-for-41 (.098) and fielded .624, with 32 errors and 25 passed balls.
A new release of the Chadwick Persons Register is now available, just in time for MLB’s Opening Day.
Not too many major new goodies this time around; just the steady march of revised and expanded data.
A new release of the Chadwick Persons Register is now available.
In addition to the usual additions and demographic updates for historical players, this release confirms the Retrosheet IDs issues for new debutants in 2014.
We expect there will likely be one more iteration of the public register before or right around Opening Day.
With the World Series closing out the (North American summer) seasons, we have just posted a new version of the Chadwick Persons Register.
This includes all players to appear in North American affiliated leagues, North American independent leagues, NPB, and the KBO in 2014, as well as identifier cross-references where known.
It also includes provisional baseball-databank IDs for players who made their MLB debuts in 2014. We will post an update over the off-season once Retrosheet identifiers have been confirmed for the debutants.
As always, enjoy!