June 30, 1862|
Romulus, New York
|Died: September 5, 1912
Auburn, New York
|May 23, 1882 for the Philadelphia Athletics|
Last MLB appearance
|September 27, 1888 for the Washington Nationals|
John Thomas "Tug" Arundel (June 30, 1862 – September 5, 1912) was an American Major League Baseball catcher born in Romulus, New York. He played in parts of four seasons between 1882 and 1888 with four different teams.
He made his debut at the age of 19 in 1882, playing in one game for the Philadelphia Athletics on May 23, and went hitless in five at bats. Two years later he played sparingly for the Toledo Blue Stockings, the team that included the first African-American major league baseball players, Fleetwood and Welday Walker. It wasn't 1887 that he received significant playing time, when he hit .197 in 157 at-bats for the Indianapolis Hoosiers. Overall, he played in 76 career games, collecting 45 hits in 260 at-bats for a .173 batting average. He hit four doubles, one triple and no home runs in his career.