Harford History

1890s big leaguer

June 03, 2007

Stanley Lester "Les" German, a renowned baseball player from Aberdeen, was born June 2, 1869.

German played for the Baltimores of the American Association when the franchise moved to Brooklyn in 1892. Pitching in a total of 129 major league games, he compiled a record of 34 wins and 63 loses. Over six years, his earned run average was 5.49, with his best season coming in 1894 when he won nine games.

In 1895 he married Alice May Garretson, and after her death in 1908, married another Aberdeen native, Grace Evans, with whom he raised a son and a daughter.

At times, German also played second and third base, as well as in the outfield, and had a career batting average of .260. He played for New York until 1896, retiring from baseball in 1897 after playing a season in Washington.

He returned to Aberdeen as a celebrity and performed in trap shooting exhibitions, keeping his home in Aberdeen until his death in 1934.

[Source: Harford Historical Bulletin, Fall 1992; research by Harford County Public Library]

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