Dennis Joseph "Big Dan" Brouthers (May 8, 1858 - August 2, 1932) is considered one of the first great sluggers in baseball. During his 19-year career (1879-1904), he led the league in all major batting categories at one time or another and finished his career with a.349 batting average with 2,349 hits, 1,507 runs and 106 home runs. Brouthers was a 5-time batting title champion, two-time home run champion and led the league in slugging seven times. Big Dan got his nickname as he stood 6’2” and weighed over 200 lbs. making him a very imposing player at the plate as well as at first base. Brouthers is one of 29 players to appear in Major League games in four decades. The Veterans Committee elected Dennis Joseph Brouthers to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.