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BUELOW, Charles

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BUELOW, Charles. (Dubuque, IA, Jan. 12, 1877--Dubuque, IA, May 4, 1951). Buelow was the first Iowan to join a major league BASEBALL club in the twentieth century. He began his baseball career in 1897 with an independent club from Platteville, Wisconsin. During the following two years, he played with clubs from Freeport, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; and Columbus, Ohio.

Buelow played third base in 1900 for the Cleveland (Ohio) Blues of the American League, one year before the league was recognized officially. Sold at the end of the year to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was sold again to the New York Giants prior to the start of the 1901 season. (1) He played second and third base. (2) He debuted in the major leagues on June 1, 1901 and played his final game in the majors on August 1, 1901. A knee injury limited his playing time considerably. By 1902 Buelow was back in the minor leagues playing in the Three-I League for Rockford.

Between 1903 and 1905, Buelow played for Dubuque leading the league in 1903 with a batting average of .400. Between 1906 and 1910, Buelow served as player-manager for Peoria, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; Clinton, Iowa; and Dubuque, Iowa. He attempted a comeback to the major leagues in 1912, but a knee problem ended his hopes.



1. "MLB Player Charlie Buelow," SportsPool.com, http://www.sportspool.com/baseball/players/B/bueloch01.php

2. "Charlie Buelow," Baseball-Reference.com, http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bueloch01.shtml