George Washington Keefe
My E-Book looks at George Washington Keefe from the perspective of a player and family member. He was the son of a diabled Pennsylvania Union Civil War soldier. Charles Keefe was a cabinetmaker who drew a pension after being wounded as a reservist in combat with the Pennsylvania infantry. His son, George pitched for three seasons for the Washington Nationals. It was a different time in baseball history. The Detroit Wolverines played in the National League. Baltimore's club was also in the N.L., and the Giants were in New York instead of San Francisco. Baseball was fast becoming the most followed sport in America. Keefe was one of three brothers. He lived all of his life in Washington, D.C., except for when he played stints in the minor leagues. He was treated in 1889 for addiction to "intoxicants". Keefe died in obscurity, working for meager wages at a high school in the Washingtton, DC area. It was one of several menial jobs he held after his baseball career ended. My E-Book is one of many I will be writing which focuses attention on seldom remembered baseball players. I feel that too much of baseball writing emphasizes its star players exclusively. The text of my E-book is replete with statistics and photos. Keefe is buried in Suitland, MD. His family members died in DC also.
- Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr, February 2013
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