My contribution on the name Lipman is far less erudite than some I've read
in the past several days. As a matter of a historical curiosity, the first
recorded use of the name Lipman in the United States I am aware of, is
that of Lipman Pike, a Jew and the first professional baseball player in
America. His full name was Lipman Emanuel Pike, and he was born May 25,
1845, in New York City. He died in Brooklyn, Oct. 10, 1893.
Pike, one of two baseball playing brothers, began his professional career
in 1866, according to the "Jewish Baseball Hall of Fame," written by Erwin
Lynn. Lynn does not say where Pike turned professional or for what team.
However, it is well-documented that organized baseball teams toured the
country between the end of the Civil War and the formation of the embryonic
National League in 1876.
It is likely Pike, a good hitting second baseman, was asked to play by the
local club when they were challenged by the barnstormers and he asked for
money to make up for the lost pay he would have endured taking a day off
from work. But that is speculation.What is known positively, other than Lynn's statement, is that Pike played
professional baseball with St. Louis in the National League in 1876, moved
over to Cincinnati the following year, and Providence, two years later. In
1881 he played five games with Worcester (Mass) and then the New York team
in the old American Association.
He also managed professionally in the years 1871, 1874, and 1877.
His brother Jay, had a one game career with Brooklyn in 1877
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