Baseball player Dorf Ainsmith
A well-regarded backstop, Eddie 'Dorf' Ainsmith caught over 1,000 games in 15 solid major league seasons. A likeable team player, he broke in with the old Washington Senators back in August of 1910 while just 23-years-old. Ainsmith averaged over 80 games per/year for the Senators in his first nine big-league seasons. One of the fastest running catchers during this era, he stole a career-high 17 bases in 84 games in 1913. His best year offensively was 1917. In 125 games, Ainsmith lined 17 doubles, hit 12 triples with 3 home runs, scored 38 runs, had 42 RBIs and stole 16 bases while batting .191. A patient batter, he walked 40 times and struck out just 48 times in this season in 350 at-bats for a .280 on-base-percentage.
Traded to the Detroit Tigers in 1919, he hit .272 in 114 games, walked 45 times, while striking out just 30 times in 364 at-bats. After 2 1/2 seasons in Detroit, he was traded to the St Louis Cardinals in mid-1921, and Ainsmith took over first-string catching duties. In 119 games in 1922, he .293 with 14 two-base hits and smashed a career-best 13 homers, and reached career-highs with 46 runs and with 59 RBIs, and highs in on-base-pct with .343. In his career he had 86 stolen bases, and 16 caught stealing. Catcher, Right-handed - Washington Senators 1910-1918; Detroit Tigers 1919-21; St Louis Cardinals 1921-22; Brooklyn Dodgers 1923; New York Giants 1924