Charlie Gould, a native Cincinnatian, began his playing career with the Buckeyes in 1863. He was noted for his ability in the field, and earned the nickname, "The Bushel Basket" because he rarely muffed a ball. Standing at six feet in height, tall for the 1860's, he offered a big target from his position at first base. He once won a throwing competition by launching a ball 302 feet, three inches.

In the off season, he was employed as a bookkeeper in his father's butter and egg business. He played for the Buckeyes from 1863 to 1867. Following that year, he bolted the Buckeye club, and began to play for the rival Red Stockings. In 1869, he turned professional for the new club. His salary for 1869 was $800.

Following the 1869 campaign with the Red Stockings, Gould joined Harry and George Wright with the Boston Red Stockings and was on the 1872 championship team. In 1876, he returned to Cincinnati where he was player-manager of the Red Stockings and finished with a 9-56 record. His playing career, but not his association with the club ended in 1877.

When his athletic career was over, he was a police officer in Cincinnati. He died in 1917 and was buried in Spring Grove cemetery, although no marker was placed on his grave. In 1951, Cincinnati Reds President Warren Giles launched a successful campaign to mark his final resting place. The monument stands to this day.

" This monument erected in 1951 by the Cincinnati Baseball Club Co. on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs in the memory of Charles Harvey Gould, August 30, 1846 - April 9, 1917. First National League Manager of the Cincinnati Red Stockings 1846."

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Sources: The First Boys of Summer, Rhodes and Erardi,
The Red Stockings of Cincinnati, Guschov, and The Cincinnati Game, Wheeler and Baskin. Photos: The First Boys of Summer, Rhodes and Erardi

 

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