October 27, 1858|
Providence, Rhode Island
|Died: August 21, 1928
|May 31, 1883, for the Providence Grays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 14, 1895, for the Brooklyn Grooms|
Joseph H. Mulvey (October 27, 1858 – August 21, 1928) was an American Major League Baseball third baseman from Providence, Rhode Island who played for 12 seasons from 1883 to 1895. He played for the Providence Grays, Philadelphia Quakers/Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Washington Senators, and Brooklyn Grooms. He died in Philadelphia at the age of 69, and is interred at Magnolia Cemetery.
Mulvey broke into the major leagues with the Providence Grays of the National League in 1883. Overall, he played for 5 teams over a 13-year span, and had a career batting average of .261. He played in a total of 4 games for the Grays at shortstop before being traded to the Philadelphia Quakers (later renamed the Philadelphia Phillies), where he played in another 3 games that season, after switching to third base.
The following year, Mulvey began playing regularly for the Quakers, appearing in 100 of their 120 games. He would play regularly for Quakers/Phillies through the 1889 season. In 1890, following many other stars of the National League, he jumped to the Players' League, where he joined the Philadelphia Athletics as their starting 3rd baseman. When the Players' League after a single season, the Athletics moved to the American Association, and Mulvey went with the team.
The 1892 season saw Mulvey rejoining the Phillies, where he was now the back-up to Charlie Reilly. The following season saw him traded to the Washington Senators, where he split 3rd base duties with 3 other players: Duke Farrell, Cub Stricker, and Sam Wise. Mulvey did not play in the 1894 season, but he returned to baseball for the 1895 season, playing with the Brooklyn Grooms, as the backup to Billy Shindle.
For his career, Mulvey batted .261, with 28 home runs. According to his statistics, his best year was 1890 with the Philadelphia Athletics, which saw career highs for RBI's (87), walks (27), on-base percentage (.326), slugging percentage (.428) and doubles (26). He almost equaled his career bests for home runs (5) and batting average that year as well (.287). The most home runs he had in any one year was 6, with the Phillies in 1884 and 1889, and his best batting average was .289, also with the Phillies in 1889.
Along with 5 other players, Mulvey still holds the record for most errors by a third baseman in a single game, 6, set on July 30, 1884.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Joe Mulvey at Find a Grave
- Portraits at NYPL Digital Archive
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