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Alex Pearson

Baseball ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Alex Pearson was known as the “Grand Old Man of Baseball” in Beaver County because he had a semipro and professional career that spanned 42 years from 1894 to 1936. He was primarily a pitcher but also played both the infield and outfield, compiling a lifetime batting average of .300. Alex was 59 years old in 1936 when he played his last season for Unionville and compiled an 11-2 pitching record. Alex only had a brief major league career, playing part of the 1902 season with the St Louis Cardinals and part of the 1903 season with the Cleveland Indians. He also was with the Baltimore Orioles in 1908 and 1909 when they dropped back into the minor leagues after competing in the majors. Alex also played in the New England, Connecticut State, Easter, and Penn-Ohio Leagues and pitched for several Beaver County semipro teams, including the Beaver Falls Elks, Beaver Grays, Moltrup Steel, and the Rochester Reds. Alex was an avid sportsman who loved hunting and fishing, even though he was a vegetarian (he solved the dilemma by giving away the game he killed and eating the fish). He served as both a game and fish warden for many years and aided the founding of many sportsmen’s clubs in Beaver County. He also was a Rochester businessman and served as mayor of the town for three terms. Alex died in 1966 at age 89.