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LEWIS “Buttercup Dickerson” PESSANO 

Lewis Pessano was the first Italian-American to play in the major leagues. Known as “Buttercup Dickerson”, he led the National League in triples with 14 in 1879, and in 1881 he was the fifth person in the League to have six hits at six at-bats. He retired with a lifetime batting average .284. Born on October 11, 1858 in Tyaskin, Maryland, 5’6″ and 140 pounds, Pessano played seven years in the majors, making his debut in 1878 as the starting outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. (more)

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