Ed Lafitte

Ed Lafitte
Ed Lafitte 1914.jpg
Born: April 7, 1886
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: April 12, 1971(1971-04-12) (aged 85)
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1909, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
August 26, 1915, for the Buffalo Blues
MLB statistics
Win-Loss Record 37-35
Earned Run Average 3.34
Strikeouts 262

Edward Francis Lafitte (April 7, 1886 – April 12, 1971) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the Detroit Tigers (1909–12), Brooklyn Tip-Tops (1914–15), and Buffalo Blues (1915). Born in New Orleans, Louisiana at his family's home located at 319 Bourbon Street, he batted and threw right-handed.

Lafitte pitched for the Georgia Institute of Technology baseball team in 1906 and 1907. He also was a starter in the first intercollegiate basketball game ever played by Georgia Tech.[1] He made his debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1909. After an 11-8 season with the 1911 Tigers, Lafitte told manager Hughie Jennings that he wanted to leave early the following season to resume dental school. Jennings told him if he left early to keep on going. Lafitte did. He became a dentist, but also pitched in the Federal League.[2]

He returned to baseball in 1914 as a member of the Brooklyn Tip-Tops of the fledgling Federal League. That season he became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter without throwing a shutout in a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Packers on September 19. In 1914, he split his final season between the Tip-Tops and the Buffalo Blues.

He served in the U.S. Army during both World Wars. Baseball helped him earn a degree in dentistry, and he practiced dentistry for 42 years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, retiring in 1961. The Jenkintown, Pennsylvania resident died at age 85 at his home and is buried at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.[3]

Despite assertions by some authors to the contrary,[4] Ed Lafitte was not a descendant of the famed New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte. Ed Lafitte was the son of James Arnauld Lafitte (born March 31, 1846 in Charleston, South Carolina; died March 16, 1907 in Atlanta, Georgia), who was the son of John Baptiste Lafitte (born June 24, 1822 in Augusta, Georgia; died May 21, 1887 in New Orleans, Louisiana), who was the son of James Bertrand Lafitte (born October 16, 1770 in Tartas, France; died November 13, 1838 in Charleston, South Carolina). Since the pirate Jean Lafitte's life span was c.1776-c.1823, it is not possible that Ed Lafitte was his descendant. It is unknown if they were more distantly related.

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