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Its a nice, well taken care of Cemetery away from the madding crowd. On July 23, 1920 one of baseballs Toilers In The Sun was buried there and quickly forgotten. His name was Lewis Pessano Dickerson. History has dubbed him Buttercup.
We have not been told where the nickname came from or what prompted it .thats anybodys guess. It is however how he is known these days.
His achievements in the game were minor. He played for only a total of seven seasons and never managed to fill a full schedule.
All in all he played with eight different teams , three of which were
in the Major Leagues then (
His best season overall was in 1874 with
From 1881 until 1883 he was in the Minors. He did come back to
So why are we bothering to talk about him?
Easy ..He is baseballs first recorded Italian American to play the game.
More were to come.