David L. Foutz, whose portrait is given on this page, was born about twenty-seven years ago in Baltimore, Md., and first played ball with the Waverly Club, an amateur organization of that city. He originally guarded first-base, but afterwards developed into a pitcher. Migrating to Colorado, Foutz filled the pitcher's position for the Denver Browns in the latter part of the season of 1879, and we net find him with the Leadville Blues, a team that won the State championship in 1882. He pitched in forty out of the fifty-four games played by the Leadville Blues in 1882 and but one game was lost when he was in the box. In 1883 Foutz was engaged by the Bay City (Mich.) Club, and earned the reputation of being one of the best pitchers in the Northwestern League. He remained with the Bay City Club until July, 1884, when President Von der Ahe of the St. Louis Browns purchased the franchise of the former club, and thereby secured Foutz, who finished the season of 1884 and has since been connected with the Browns. During the last two seasons Foutz has alternated with Caruthers in the pitcher's position, and has materially aided the St. Louis Browns in twice winning the championship of the American Association, ranking third in the official averages last year in the percentage of bas-hits made off him. Among the most noteworthy of his pitching performances may be mentioned the shutting out of the St. Louis Maroons without a solitary saf hit, April 11, 1885, and the retiring of the Baltimore Club for but one hit, July 28, 1886. He combines plenty of speed with puzzling curves and great command of the ball, besides using excellent judgment. Foutz can not only pitch effectively, but he can creditably fill almost any position outside of catcher, and is one of the Browns' best batsmen.
-New York Clipper, March 5, 1887
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