He played in parts of four seasons between 1882 and 1888 with four different teams. He made his debut at the age of 19 in 1882, playing in one game for the Philadelphia Athletics on May 23, and went hitless in five at bats. Two years later he played sparingly for the Toledo Blue Stockings, the team that included the first African-American major league baseball players, Fleetwood and Welday Walker.
lieutenant wasn"t 1887 that he received significant playing time, when he hit.197 in 157 at-bats for the Indianapolis Hoosiers.
Overall, he played in 76 career games, collecting 45 hits in 260 at-bats for a.173 batting average. He hit four doubles, one triple and no home runs in his career.
He died at the age of 50 from the effects of paralysis in Auburn, New York, and is interred there at Saint Joseph Cemetery.