Edward Wilbur “Eddie” Ainsmith (February 4, 1890 - September 6, 1981) born Edward Anshmedt caught for 15 years in the Major Leagues, but served as his team’s primary catcher less than half of his career likely due to his paltry numbers at the plate. After playing two years in the New England League, Ainsmith made his Major League debut with the Washington Senators in 1910 and spent nine seasons (1910-1918) in our nation’s capital. Eddie played an aggressive style of baseball and once stole second, third and home in the same inning with Hall of Fame Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Chief Bender on the mound. Ainsmith was primarily known for his defense behind the plate and posted a .966 career fielding percentage and threw out 45% of would-be base stealers. Eddie played 15 years in the big leagues with the Senators, Detroit Tigers (1919-1921), St. Louis Cardinals (1921-1923), Brooklyn Dodgers (1923) and New York Giants (1923). Over the course of slightly less than 1,100 games, Eddie Ainsmith batted .232 with 707 hits, 300 runs, and 317 RBI.