Paul Hines

Paul Hines

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Paul Aloysius Hines (March 1, 1855<!-- See talk--> – July 10, 1935) was an American center fielder in professional baseball who played in the National Association and Major League Baseball from 1872 to 1891. Born in Virginia<!--see talk-->, he is credited with winning baseball's first triple crown in ; the accomplishment was not noted at the time, as runs batted in would not be counted until years later, home runs were rare and home run leadership obscure, and Abner Dalrymple was then erroneously recognized as the batting champion. There is some controversy over whether Hines was also the first player to turn an unassisted triple play.

Hines probably practiced with the original Washington Nationals or played on its junior team before joining the National Association with that club in . When the original Chicago White Stockings resumed play in , the teenage Hines played every game, usually in center field. He remained with the club four seasons, including the inaugural National League championship season of , and then played eight seasons for the Providence Grays from 1878–85, that club's entire major league association including two more pennants. He remained an every day major league center fielder through two seasons for a new Washington Nationals club and one for the Indianapolis Hoosiers, shifting to first base for a second Indianapolis season in 1889. He returned to center field with gradually declining playing time for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, Boston......
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