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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Swede Carlstrom

(Born October 26, 1886) -- Not too many members of the Buffalo Bisons have suited up in the team uniform for six consecutive years. Swede Carlstrom was one of the few.

Albin Oscar Carlstrom was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after his parents had emmigrated from Sweden in 1880. He played in Lawrence (Mass.) in the New England league. He was called up to the Boston Red Sox, and appeared in two games for that team in 1991. According to news reports of the day, Carlstrom was very nervous in the field and in the plate.

That was it for the major leagues, but the infielder wasn’t done with baseball. He stayed in Lawrence through 1914, and then jumped to the International League. After started the season in Montreal, Carlstrom landed in Buffalo.

He stayed through the beginning of the 1918 season. having more than 500 at-bats in three straight seasons. Carlstrom was sent off to fight in World War I in 1918, and contracted rheumatism while overseas.

He played a little for the Bisons in 1919, and moved on to a couple of other teams through 1921. Carlstrom died of a cerebral spinal fever in 1935.

--- Budd Bailey

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