|Born: May 17, 1860
Fort Edward, New York
|Died: November 19, 1939
Schenectady, New York
|July 19, 1880, for the Troy Trojans|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 17, 1886, for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys|
|Earned run average||3.47|
Frank Henry Mountain (May 17, 1860 – November 19, 1939) was an American baseball player from 1880 to 1886. He played seven seasons in Major League Baseball, principally as a pitcher (143 games), outfielder (36 games) and first baseman (18 games). He played for six different major league clubs and saw his most extensive playing time with the Columbus Buckeyes of the American Association, appearing in 128 games for that club during the 1883 and 1884 seasons.
Over the course of seven major league seasons, Mountain compiled a 58-83 (.411) win-loss record and a 3.47 earned run average (ERA). He had his best season in 1884, pitching a no-hitter and compiling a 23-17 record with a 2.45 ERA.
Mountain was born in Fort Edward, New York, in 1860. His parents were immigrants from Ireland. His father, David Mountain, was a carpenter from Waterford, Ireland. His mother, Elizabeth, was from Cork.
Professional baseball career
1880 to 1882 seasons
In 1881, Mountain played for the Detroit Wolverines of the National League in the club's inaugural season. He appeared in seven games for the team, all complete games, and compiled a 3-4 record and a 5.25 ERA. He pitched and won both games of a double-header for Detroit in 1881.
Mountain divided his playing time during the 1882 season between the Worcester Ruby Legs of the National League (18 games) and the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association (8 games). He compiled a 4-22 (.154) record and a 3.76 with the two clubs in 1882.
In 1883, Mountain joined the Columbus Buckeyes of the American Association. He appeared in 128 games, 101 as a pitcher and 29 as an outfielder, for the Buckeyes during the 1883 and 1884 seasons.
Mountain appeared in a career high 59 games as pitcher in 1883. He started all 59 games and threw 57 complete games, four shutouts and 503 innings pitched. He compiled a 26-33 record and led the American Association that season in losses (33), hits allowed (546), earned runs allowed (201), and bases on balls allowed (123).
Mountain's best season was 1884 when he won 23 games, lost 17, pitched 40 complete games, and had a 2.45 ERA for Columbus. His ERA was fifth best in the American Association, and his five shutouts placed him fourth. On June 5 of that season he pitched a no-hitter against the Washington Nationals, winning 12–0.
After the 1884 season, Mountain, along with the entire Columbus team, was sold to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys. However, an injury prevented Mountain from appearing in more than five games in 1885, and he compiled a 1-4 record and 4.30 ERA. In August 1885, the Alleghenys "indefinitely laid off" Mountain until he could again pitch "in his old form." In November 1885, The Sporting Life noted that Mountain's "disability" was "a terrible disappointment to the club", rendering him unable to bat effectively despite having been a strong batter in 1884. Mountain's batting average dropped from .238 in 1883 to .100 in 1884. One account reported that Mountain's arm was damaged by a "drop ball" pitch which was thrown in a motion bringing the arm above the head and then releasing the ball with a "sharp downward snap of the wrist."
Mountain returned to Pittsburgh in 1886. His arm was reported to have recovered, but he injured his ankle in June. He was limited to two games as pitcher and lost both games with a 7.88 ERA. He also appeared in 16 games as a first baseman in 1886 and compiled a .319 on-base percentage in 69 plate appearances. He appeared in his final major league game on August 17, 1886. The following week, a newspaper account reported that his career as pitcher was over, a tryout with Pittsburgh having "proved a jonah."
Starting in May 1888, Mountain served as a minor league manager for the Toledo Maumees of the Tri-State League. As manager, he "blacklisted several players, who went on a strike, and there was a popular howl against him." He was released as manager in July 1888.
During his seven seasons in the major leagues, Mountain appeared in 194 games (143 as a pitcher). He started 142 games, threw 141 complete gamess and nine shutouts, and compiled a 58–83 win-loss record with a 3.47 ERA. As a batter, he compiled a .220 batting average with nine home runs and 84 runs scored.
Family and later years
Mountain was married to Sarah Mountain. They had five children: Martin (born 1888), Jennie (born 1890), Rose (born 1894), Raymond (born 1898) and Hugh (born c. 1905). In approximately 1895, Mountain became a clerk for General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York. He worked for General Electric for nearly 40 years, serving for many years as the assistant chief of the factory fire department. He retired in 1931. Mountain died at his home in Schenectady in 1939 at age 79. He was buried at the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Schenectady.
- "Frank Mountain Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- 1900 U.S. Census entry for Frank Mountain, born May 1860 in New York, both parents born in Ireland, employed as "engineer Edison." Census Place: Schenectady Ward 3, Schenectady, New York; Roll: 1160; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0130; FHL microfilm: 1241160. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- 1880 U.S. Census entry for David Mountain and family (five children, including Frank, age 20, born in New York, "at school"). Census Place: Schenectady, Schenectady, New York; Roll: 929; Family History Film: 1254929; Page: 149A; Enumeration District: 105; Image: 0690. Ancestry.com. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- 1870 U.S. Census entry for David Mountain and family (six children, including Frank, age 10, born in New York, "attending school.") Census Place: Schenectady Ward 3, Schenectady, New York; Roll: M593_1090; Page: 393A; Image: 363; Family History Library Film: 552589. Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- "Frank H. Mountain obituary". The Sporting News. November 30, 1939. p. 16.
- "A Veteran Heard From: Frank Mountain, Once a Grand Pitcher, Recalls the Early Days" (PDF). The Sporting Life. May 8, 1915. p. 21.
- "Notes and Comments" (PDF). The Sporting Life. August 5, 1885. p. 5.
- "The American Clubs" (PDF). The Sporting Life. November 4, 1885. p. 2.
- "Bootless Baseball War". The Daily Independent (Helena, Montana). May 31, 1890. p. 6.
- "General Notes". The Globe-Republic (Springfield, Ohio). August 1, 1886. p. 8.
- "The Diamond". Sunday Globe Republic (Springfield, Ohio). August 22, 1886. p. 1.
- "Frank Mountain Minor League Statistics". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- "Notes and Comments" (PDF). The Sporting Life. May 30, 1888. p. 9.("FRANK MOUNTAIN, the well-known ex-pitcher, has been appointed manager of the Toledo Club.")
- "Sporting Notes". The Evening Bulletin. Maysville, Kentucky. July 18, 1888. p. 4.
- 1910 U.S. Census entry for Frank Mountain, age 49, born in New York, both parents born in Ireland, employed as "fire chief" for "Gen. Elec. Co." Census Place: Schenectady Ward 1, Schenectady, New York; Roll: T624_1077; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 0176; FHL microfilm: 1375090. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- 1920 U.S. Census entry for Frank Mountain, age 58, born in New York, both parents born in Ireland, employed as "assistant chief" of "factory fire department" Census Place: Schenectady Ward 1, Schenectady, New York; Roll: T625_1262; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 127; Image: 687. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- 1930 U.S. Census entry for Frank Mountain, age 68, born in New York, both parents born in North Ireland, employed as fireman for "electrical co." Census Place: Schenectady, Schenectady, New York; Roll: 1646; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0072; Image: 565.0; FHL microfilm: 2341380. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- "Personal" (PDF). The Sporting Life. February 16, 1895. p. 12.
- "Frank Henry Mountain". Find a Grave. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
June 5, 1884