Warren William Carpenter A solid batsman, Warren Carpenter was one of the most skillful infielders during major leagues baseball’s dead ball era. Hick Carpenter played his first three major league seasons, 1879-1881, in the National League with Syracuse, Cincinnati and Worchester before playing with the Cincinnati Reds, then of the American Association, considered a major league during this era. Hick Carpenter played 12 seasons in the major leagues. In 1882 Hick Carpenter helped the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team win the pennant by hitting .342, second highest in the league, and his 120 hits in the then 80 games schedule were tops in the league. He also scored 78 runs, 3rd best in league.
Hick Carpenter hit .296 the next year, 1883, in the then 98-game schedule, and his 129 hits and 99 runs scored were each 3rd-best in the league. In this time of early baseball history infielders did not use gloves and errors characterized play on irregular, pebble filled baseball diamonds. And, Warren William Carpenter was no exception. He made on average nearly 60 errors a season and his fielding average was under .881 percentage every season except his rookie year. None-the-less Hick Carpenter was a highly rated fielding third baseman. Hick Carpenter career stats: .259 BA, 1201 hits in 4638 at-bats, 142 Doubles, 47 Ts, 18 Hrs, 720 Runs, 204 RBIs, 91 Ks, 111 Walks in 1118 games. Syracuse NL 1879, Cincinnati NL 1880, Worchester NL 1881, Cincinnati AA 1882-1889, St Louis Cardinals NL 1892