Mike O'Neill (baseball)

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Mike O'Neill
Mike O'Neill.jpg
O'Neill pictured in The Campanile 1925 (Rice University yearbook)
Pitcher/Outfielder
Born: (1877-10-05)October 5, 1877
Maum, County Galway, Ireland
Died: August 12, 1959(1959-08-12) (aged 81)
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1901, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1907, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 32–44
Earned run average 2.73
Strikeouts 228
Teams

Michael Joyce "Mike" O'Neill (5 October 1877 – 12 August 1959) was a starting pitcher and left fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1901 through 1907, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1901–04) and Cincinnati Reds (1907). O'Neill batted and threw right-handed. A native of Maam, Ireland, he played as Michael Joyce in his 1901 rookie year with the Cardinals.

Birth

He was born in the village of Maum, in County Galway, Ireland, to Michael O'Neill, a landholder, and Mary Joyce.[1]

Career

O'Neill was a good-hitting pitcher who occasionally played in the left field. In 1901, he ended with a 2–2 record and a 1.32 earned run average, including a shutout, and hit .400 (6-for-15). His most productive season came in 1902, when he posted an 18–12 record with two shutouts, a 2.75 ERA, and two saves. On June 3, he was rested until being summoned as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning with the bases loaded. O'Neill responded by hitting the first pinch grand slam in major league history off Togie Pittinger of the Boston Beaneaters.[2][3] It was an inside-the-park home run as O'Neill became the first National League pitcher to hit a grand slam in the 20th century.[4]

Despite his 3.26 ERA in 1903, O'Neill had a 4-13 record, in part due to poor run support, as he posted a WHIP of 1.56. He went 10-14 with a 2.09 ERA in 1904 and did not return with St. Louis the next year. He also played with the Cincinnati Reds in 1907, strictly as a reserve left fielder and pinch-hitter, retiring from baseball at the end of the season. In a four-season pitching career, O'Neill posted a 32–44 record with 228 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA in 694.1 innings. He completed 68 games in 77 starts. In five seasons, he was a .255 hitter with two home runs and 41 RBI in 137 games played (85 as a pitcher).[5]

O'Neill died in Scranton, Pennsylvania at the age of 81.[5]

Family

O'Neill was one of four brothers who played in the major leagues:[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "General Registrar's Office". IrishGenealogy.ie. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Charlton's Baseball Chronology – 1902". www.baseballlibrary.com. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mike O'Neill". Baseball Library. 2006. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mike O'Neill Stats". Baseball Almanac. 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Mike O'Neill". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers
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