Was Baseball Player Of National
Charlie Ganzel, after one of the most stubborn
fights any man had ever made against that most dreaded disease, cancer,
died about midnight at the home of his daughter, at 832 Billings Road,
Norfolk Downs. His illness has been a long one, and although he underwent
several surgical operations to seeking relief, it never came. He was a
great sufferer but was cheerfull until the last. Last winter, when his
circumstances became known, his old time base ball friends stated a fund
for him, and over a thousnd dollars was raised.
Charlie Ganzel, who gained a reputation as a catcher in the Boston
National club, was born in Waterford, Wis, June 18th, 1862, and has been a
resident of Quincey for many years, and interested in local
His first professional engagement was with
the Minneapolis club in 1884 as first bseman and change catcher. While
there, he caught Carruthers, formerly of Brooklyn.
In 1885, Ganzel signed with the Philadelphia club and made his debut in
the National League. Manager Harry Wright engaged him as a catcher
and he remained with Philapelphia that season and part of
In 1886 he was purchased by the Detroit club.
He was not long with Detroit before he showed a marked improvment in his
work. He was a fine thrower with a wonderful reach.
Owing to an injury to Bennett during 1886, which necessitated his
retirement, Ganzel caught to the entire satisfaction of the
He played with Detroit in 1888.
In November of that year, he Richardson, and Dan Brouthers and Bennett
were sold to the Boston National club for $25,000
That was the largest sum paid up to that
time for four ball players and Boston obtained plenty of good
advertising as well as four ball players who became head-liners in the
In was in the Fall of 1888, that
they came to Boston. Ganzel remained with Boston for nine years. He
then went into buisness for himself. He continued playing ball with
strong teams around New England, now and then coaching
When the players League took nearly all the
star players from the old National League, Ganzel remained with the
Nationals. He, like Tom Daly and a few others acted honorably, however, as
he refused to sign an agreement to go with the Brotherhood.
Ganzel did his full share of his catching on the
Boston team, often filling in at first base. He was also a shore man in
the outfield. He was a deliberate and accurate thrower to bases, a rangy
backstop with a sure pair of hands.
He was always a great lover of the National game,
and after making his home in Quincy he became interested in the local ball
teams. particularly the Markaria and he did much to make the sport clean.
To his advice and assistance the team owes much of its success on the
He also, several years ago, with several
others helped form a baseball league in which Quincy teams were
represented, but the venture was never a financial
He married Miss Alice M. Carter of Dubuque,
Iowa, February 8th, 1885, in Minneapolis, and a daughter and five sons
survive him, four of his sons have made enviable records as ball
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity
and of the Makaria class of the Bethany Congregational