Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln Wolstenholme

Born on the day that Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln Wolstenholme played in three games as a catcher and third baseman for about a week in June, 1883 for the Phillies – the first year of Philadelphia’s National League existence.  He had one hit in eleven at bats, a double, over those three games.  After that, he was gone.  As Philadelphia had a pretty extensive semi-professional circuit then, he may have been active in local games for a portion of his adult life.

From simple research, he was born to John and Alice (Heargrave) Wolstenholme in 1861, though his death record says he was born in 1862.  He was the fourth child (behind Jeremiah, Sarah, and Elizabeth).  Not long after his baseball career ended, he married Maggie Evans on 4 February 1884 and spent most of his days as a file cutter, his last job was with the Forman File Works.  In the 1900 and 1910 census, he was living without his wife – either with his parents (1900) or as a lodger.  You don’t want to read too much into this, as she signed his death certificate, but I don’t see any records (city directories, etc.) that show them living together much after they got married, or that they had any children.

Wolstenholme is one of a handful of players (and people, really) who died on his birthday, passing to the next life on 4 March 1916 (he was 55) and is buried in the family plot at North Cedar Hill Cemetery.  The cause of his death was uremia complicated by nephritis – essentially kidney failure.

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