Andrew Jackson Leonard was born in County Cavan, Ireland, but was raised in Newark, New Jersey. While living in New Jersey, he played with future Buckeye teammate Charlie Sweasy with the Irvington Base Ball Club in 1867. Later, in 1868, both left New Jersey for the Buckeyes where he played left field.

The newspaper, the New York Clipper described Leonard as, "...as regards accuracy of throwing Leonard at left field has no superior. He has repeatedly thrown in the ball from that position to the home plate...that the runner on third base has not dared attempt to reach home." In 1869, Harry Wright signed Leonard to the Red Stockings. His 1869 salary was $800.

Following his time spent with the Red Stockings, Leonard joined four other former Cincinnati players on the 1871 Washington Olympics. He later won league championships six straight years 1872-78. His career ended in 1880 due to failing eyesight.

After his athletic career ended, he worked for former Red Stocking standout George Wright at the Wright & Ditson Sporting Goods Company in Boston. He died in 1903 at age 57 from a gastric ulcer.

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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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