Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
October 9, 2002
BASEBALL: The Irish and The Scots

Fun fact: there have been 38 major league baseball players born in Ireland. Of those, 28 retired before 1900, 2 others started their careers before 1900, and 2 more played just one game apiece in the majors. Of the remaining 6 - Jimmy Archer, Irish McIlveen, Paddy O'Connor, Jack O'Neill, Mike O'Neill, and Jimmy Walsh -- the last to retire hung it up in 1918. None of the 38 Irishmen made the Hall of Fame, although Tommy Bond was the best pitcher in baseball from 1877 to 1879 (from 1876 to 1879, Bond was 154-68 with a 1.97 ERA, walking 106 men while striking out 595) and Tony Mullane won 284 games in the major leagues, including a 191-125 record and a 2.73 ERA from 1882 to 1888. Bill James' "Win Shares" system rates Mullane as the player with the most career Win Shares who's not in the Hall of Fame.

The Scots also had a fine 19th century pitcher, 265-game winner Jim McCormick - an old friend of Mike "King" Kelly who went 51-15 with Kelly's Cubs at the end of their dynastic run in 1885-86 - but they have had a little more impact over the last 8 decades. You may remember a famous home run hit by this Scotsman.

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