Mike O'Neill (baseball)

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Mike O'Neill
Mike O'Neill.jpg
O'Neill pictured in The Campanile 1925, Rice yearbook
Pitcher / Outfielder
Born: (1877-09-07)September 7, 1877
Maam, Ireland
Died: August 12, 1959(1959-08-12) (aged 81)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1901 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1907 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Win–loss record 32-44
Earned run average 2.73
Strikeouts 228

Michael Joyce O'Neill (September 7, 1877 – August 12, 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.


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.[1] It was an inside-the-park home run as O'Neill also became the first National League pitcher to hit a grand slam in the 20th century.

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 also 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).

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


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

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  1. ^ "Charlton's Baseball Chronology - 1902". www.baseballlibrary.com. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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