Alfred J. Bushong, better known professionally as "Doc" Bushong, was at one time one of the noted catchers on the ball field. He gained his greatest renown as the principal catcher of the St. Louis Browns, four time winners of the championship of the old American Association. He, like many other players, who became famous on the green diamond, hails from the City of Brotherly Love, where he was born Sept. 15, 1856. He made his first mark as a ball player while attending the Philadelphia High School, from which he graduated with the highest honors in 1876. His first game as a professional was as a member of the Brandywine Club, of West Chester, Pa. This was in 1876. In the Fall of the same year he played with the Athletics, of Philadelphia. In 1877 he played with the Mutuals, of Janesville, Wis., and caught for John M. Ward, who afterwards became famous with the New York "Giants." He began the next season with the Janesvilles, but finished it with the Buffalo (N.Y.) team. The Buffalo Club engaged him for 1878, but he got his release and joined the Utica (N.Y.) team. In 1879 he joined the Worcester Club, of the National Association, and remained with its team after it became a member of the National League, and until the close of the season of 1882. It was while playing with this club that he first became noted as a catcher. During his engagement with the Worcester he was a hard and patient student of dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and when he severed his connection with that club he celebrated the event by graduating from the above institute and becoming a full fledged dental practitioner. He was induced by the Cleveland management to sign with them for the season of 1883, and after the close of that season took a trip to Paris. He practiced his profession in one of the colleges of the French metropolis, and returned to Cleveland in time for the opening game in 1884. At the close of the latter season, when the Brooklyn Club purchased the Cleveland's players, Bushong was included in the deal, but through a misstatement Bushong was allowed to go to St. Louis. He remained with the Browns until the close of the season of 1887, when he, Foutz and Caruthers, were purchased by the Brooklyn Club. Bushong played with the latter club until the end of the season of 1890, when he retired from the game to practice his profession as a dentist, and he has now quite a flourishing business. Bushong was one of the provident players, laying by a "nest" for a rainy day, and now has some valuable property.
-New York Clipper, January 2, 1897
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