John Mullane 19th Century Baseball Star- Part 7

Born in County Cork, Ireland, Mullane emigrated to the United States in 1864. He made his major league debut with the Detroit Wolverines on August 27, 1881, picking up his first career win 9–1 over the Chicago White Stockings.

John MullaneAnthony John Mullane (January 30, 1859 – April 25, 1944),was born in County Cork, Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1864. Mullane got involved in baseball. He made his major league debut with the Detroit Wolverines on August 27, 1881 and got his first career win with a 9-1 win over the Chicago White Stockings.

Mullane pitched for seven teams during his 13-season career. He is best known as a pitcher that could throw left-handed and right-handed, and for having one of the highest career win totals of pitchers not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Due to an injury to his right arm, he taught himself to throw left-handed. He got better and resumed throw from the right side. He didn’t wear a glove and faced batters with both hands on the ball. He then alternated in the game to different batters.

It  was over 100 years before another ambidextrous pitcher came along in the major leagues. Mullane won a career high 36 games for the Toledo Blue Hens

 That season, Mullane was teamed up with catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker, one of the first black men to play in Major League Baseball. Mullane stated Walker “was the best catcher I ever worked with, but I disliked a Negro and whenever I had to pitch to him I used to pitch anything I wanted without looking at his signals.”

This helped contribute to Mullane’s league leading 63 wild pitches that season.John Mullane retired after the 1894 with a record of 284-229 and 13 year career ERA 3.o5

Mullane retired after the 1894 season with a record of 284–220 and a 3.05 ERA over a 13-year career.His 284 wins tie him with Ferguson Jenkins for 27th on the all-time list; he is fourth among eligible pitchers not in the Hall of Fame, behind only Roger Clemens (354), Bobby Mathews (297) and Tommy John (288). ]

After he completed his baseball career, he joined the Chicago Police Department nd retire in 1924. At the age of 85 John Mullane died and is buried in grave 2, lot 48, block 5, section 58 at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery located in Worth, Illinois.


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Pete Browning

Deacon White

Harry Stovey

Bill Dahlen

Ross Barnes

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Bob Caruthers

Jack Glasscock

William Hoy

Dan Brothers


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