Henry Peitz, the hard working, steady and reliable catcher of the St. Louis Club, of the National League and American Association, was born on Nov. 15, at St. Louis, Mo., and it was in that city that he first learned to play ball. For several years thereafter he was connected with a number of prominent amateur teams of the Mound City. It was not until 1889 that he accepted his first professional engagement. Like the majority of young players, he was obliged to seek other fields than his native pastures to gain renown in the baseball world. A trial was given him that year by the Jacksonville Club, and he did such satisfactory work that he was retained there not only throughout that season but the two following as well. In 1892 Peitz cast his fortunes with the Montgomery Club, of the Southern League, and remained with its team until the club disbanded. It was his clever work with the latter club that led to his being engaged by President Von der Ahe for his St. Louis team, after the disbandment of the Montgomery Club. Peitz has since remained with the St. Louis Browns, doing remarkably well in whatever position was assigned to him. In 1893 he took part in ninety-four championship contests, in seventy two of which he filled the catcher's position. In 1894 he took part in one hundred championship games, in thirty-eight of which he played behind the bat, in forty-three at third base, and the remaining games he played in various positions on the team, being ever ready and willing to go in and do the best he knew how when called upon in case of emergency. It is said of him that, while playing third base during the season of 1894, he did good work until his foot was badly spiked. After that he became timid and allowed many base runners to reach third base safely. During the season just closed Peitz did most of the catching for the Browns, and only stopped when he became so badly crippled that it was impossible for him to do any work whatever. He is a swift and accurate thrower to the bases and a fine batsman.
-New York Clipper, October 5, 1895
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