Sweasy hailed from
Newark, New Jersey, and began his career
with teams in the east. He played for
the nines of Newark and Irvington, New
Jersey before joining the Buckeyes for
the 1868 campaign.
solid second baseman, he was known for both
his ability and his temper, which could become
heated. His drinking habits, no doubt, added
to his volatility. In the off season, he
worked as a hat maker. He was recruited from
the Buckeyes by Harry Wright just before
the 1869 season and joined the Red Stockings.
A move that was considered a bitter blow
by his former team. In 1869, his salary with
his new team was $800.
his time with the Red Stockings, Sweasy spent
time with clubs in Washington (1871), Cleveland
(1872), and Boston (1873). He was reunited
with Harry Wright in Boston, but was released
before the start of the 1874 season due to
an altercation with Wright. In 1875, he was
player-manager of the St. Louis Reds, and
finished the year with a record of 4-14.
In 1876, he was reunited with former Buckeye
mate Charlie Gould and the Cincinnati Red
his athletic career was over, he returned
to New Jersey and worked as an oysterman.
He died in 1908 at age 60.
First Boys of Summer, Rhodes and
The Red Stockings of Cincinnati,
Guschov, and The Cincinnati Game,
Wheeler and Baskin. Photos: The First
Boys of Summer, Rhodes and Erardi