Broad shouldered Ed Delahanty was one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. His accomplishments include a .346 career batting average and he is the only player in baseball history to lead both the National & American League in batting average. In 1892, Ed Delahanty hit .306 and led the NL in triples with 21. From 1893 thru 1896, he hit .368, .407, .404 and .397. In 1899, Delahanty again batted over .400 - setting a baseball record for hitting over .400 for three different years. Only Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby have since equaled this great batting feat. Also in 1899, Delahanty led the league in hits with 238, 55 doubles and 137 RBI's.
At age 35, on July 2, 1903, Ed Delahanty, the defending AL batting champ while drinking at Niagara Falls, ignored the bridge tender's warning that the draw bridge was opened, fell into the river and was never seen alive again. One week later his' body was found some 20 miles below the falls. Ed Delahanty's 16 year career records include: .346 batting average 1835 games, 2597 hits, 522 doubles, 185 triples, 101 home runs, averaged 100 runs scored per/year with 1599, RBI's 1464, and struck-out only 244 times in 7505 at bats. Baseball Historian