Roger Connor's elevation as manager-captain and Myers' good showing at third base left no place open for Latham. "The Dude" could not play third base as well as a minor leaguer, and was put on the coaching line. He blundered there, and, strange to say, was made manager. He lasted just 36 hours and was again deposed. As a result Mr. Von der Ahe yesterday gave Latham his unconditional release. He is now free to sign with any club, but there is little doubt that he will find no other berth in the League, and will ultimately find his way into a minor league. Thus another historical figure fades out of the national game.
-Sporting Life, May 23, 1896
He had been a coach for the club and, for reasons that I've never discovered, Latham actually got into a few games. Although he didn't get any hits, walks, or hit-by-pitch, he did steal a base, so he was used a couple of times as a pinch runner. Latham did get into the field, at third base, twice but only had two at-bats in his four games. I don't know what John McGraw was thinking but Latham did play in the major leagues when he was 49 years old.
Now, as Sporting Life assumed, Latham did continue to play baseball after his release from the Browns. Between 1896 and 1898, he played with Scranton, Columbus, Mansfield, New Britain, and Hartford. Interestingly, he also played 24 games with Jacksonville in the Sally League in 1906, when he was 46.