|Intro||Major League Baseball player|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||10 May 1872|
|Death|| 13 December 1953|
(aged 81 years)
William Bingham “Klondike” Douglass (May 10, 1872 – December 13, 1953) was an American Major League Baseball player born in Boston, Pennsylvania, who split his time between first base, and at catcher for the St. Louis Browns and the Philadelphia Phillies from 1896 to 1904. A good hitter, he had a career batting average of .274, including a high of .329 in 1897. Klondike died at the age of 81 in Bend, Oregon.
“Douglass came to the majors in 1896 as the Cardinals’ left fielder, but fielded only .894, low even for those days, and had poor range. He was primarily a catcher in 1897, and hit .329. He was the everyday first baseman for the Phillies in 1898, and hit .258 with 105 runs scored in his best season. Moved back and forth between catcher and 1B in subsequent seasons, he was never again an everyday player.” – Historian Jesus Francisco Cabrera on BaseballLibrary.com (Jesus Francisco Cabrera, ‘Klondike Douglass Biography’, 2006, Source)