Ed Doheny

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Edwin Doheny
Ed Doheny.jpg
Born: (1873-11-24)November 24, 1873
Northfield, Vermont
Died: December 29, 1916(1916-12-29) (aged 43)
Medfield, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 16, 1895, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
1903, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average .198
Home runs 3
Run batted in 49
Win–loss record 75-83
Earned run average 3.75
Strikeouts 567
  • New York Giants 1895–1901
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1901–1903

Edwin Richard Doheny (November 24, 1873 – December 29, 1916) was an American baseball player. He played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1895 to 1903, first for the New York Giants, then for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1903 he violently attacked several people, was declared insane and was committed to Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts. He died on December 29, 1916, in Medfield Insane Asylum.[1]

Mental breakdowns and controversy[edit]

Ed was first suspended as a Pirate on May 18, 1903, due to an incident while at-bat against the Giants. Having already incensed fans by pelting both Joe McGinnity and Dan McGann in the back with fastballs,[2] Doheny tossed his bat into the air as the Giants' catcher tried to settle under his pop-up. Unaware that he'd already been ruled out on account of the infield fly rule, the jeering crowd mistook his antics as an attempt to interfere with gameplay. Doheny lost his composure and mockingly bowed to the fans. An angry mob followed him back to the clubhouse after the game, threatening him and throwing stones. Doheny was suspended for three days without pay.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Seamus Kearney, Tom Simon. ([n.d.]). Ed Doheny. Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed February 2014.
  2. ^ Hittner, Arthur D. (2003). Honus Wagner: The Life of Baseball's "Flying Dutchman". Jefferson, North Carolina and London: McFarland & Company. p. 112. ISBN 978-0786418114. 

External links[edit]