Roger Philip Bresnahan
Born: June 11, 1879, Toledo, Ohio
Died: December 4, 1944, Toledo, Ohio
Washington Senators (1897), Chicago Orphans (1900), Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902), New York Giants (1902-1908), St. Louis Cardinals (1909-1912), Chicago Cubs (1913-1915)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1945
One of the most versatile players of the early 20th century, Roger Bresnahan played all nine positions for a variety of teams during his 17-year career. Bresnahan opened his MLB career as a pitcher. He also served as an outfielder, before becoming a regula?r? ?catcher. For his MLB career, Bresnahan had a .279 batting average in 4,480 at bats and a 328–432 managerial win-loss record. Bresnahan popularized the use of protective equipment in baseball. He introduced shin guards to be worn by a catcher in 1907. He also developed the first batting helmet. Bresnahan was also an innovator, introducing early shin-guard equipment and experimenting with a protective helmet.