October 2, 1853|
|Died: April 26, 1909
|May 8, 1877, for the St. Louis Brown Stockings|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 9, 1890, for the Syracuse Stars|
Michael Cornelius Dorgan (October 2, 1853 – April 26, 1909) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball, principally as an outfielder, including five seasons and 425 games with the New York Giants from 1883 to 1887. He was also a player-manager for three major league clubs from 1879 to 1881.
Dorgan appeared in 715 major league games, 600 of them as an outfielder, and compiled a .274 batting average with 112 doubles, 34 triples, four home runs, and 346 RBIs. He was "at one time known as the greatest all around baseball player in the United States."
Dorgan was born in Middletown, Connecticut in 1853. His parents were Cornelius Dorgan and Mary (Cahill) Dorgan, both of whom were immigrants from Ireland. His younger brother, Jerry Dorgan, also played Major League Baseball.
Professional baseball career
Dorgan began his baseball career with Middletown in 1873. He next played for the Webster, Massachusetts "Clippers" in 1874. He played during the 1875 season with teams in Grafton and Lynn, Massachusetts.
In 1876, Dorgan played for the famous Syracuse Stars club that "won nearly every game played."
Dorgan made his major league debut in May 1877 with the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the National League. He appeared in 60 games for St. Louis, 50 of them as an outfielder, and compiled a .308 batting average with nine doubles, seven triples, and 23 RBIs.
Dorgan returned to the Syracuse Stars for the 1878 and 1879 seasons. In 1879, the Stars joined the National League and attained major league status. Dorgan appeared in 59 games for the Stars in 1879, playing in the outfield (16 games) and at first base (21 games), third base (11 games), shortstop (six games), catcher (four games), pitcher (two games), and second base (one game). He compiled a .267 batting average with 11 doubles, five triples, a home run, and 17 RBIs. Dorgan also served as the team's manager in 1879, leading the team to a 17-26 record.
In 1880, Dorgan played for the Providence Grays of the National League. He appeared in 79 games, 77 as an outfielder, and compiled a .246 batting average with 10 doubles, a triple and 31 RBIs. Dorgan was also the manager of the 1880 Providence team, compiling a 26-12 record.
Worcester and Detroit
In 1881, Dorgan played for the Worcester Ruby Legs and Detroit Wolverines, both of the National League. In 59 games with the two teams, 27 at first base and 28 in the outfield, Dorgan compiled a .272 batting average with six doubles and 23 RBIs. He was the manager of the Worcester club for a portion of the 1881 season, leading the Ruby Legs to a 24-32 record.
New York Giants
In 1883, Dorgan joined the New York Giants and spent the next five years there. He appeared in 425 games with the Giants, over 400 of them as an outfielder. In his five seasons with the Giants, Dorgan compiled a .281 batting average with 255 runs scored, 68 doubles, 21 triples, three home runs, 234 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.
Return to Syracuse
Dorgan concluded his major league playing career in 1890 with the Syracuse Stars, then part of the American Association. Dorgan appeared in 33 games, all as an outfielder, and compiled a .216 batting average. He appeared in his last major league game on June 9, 1890, at age 36.
After retiring from baseball, Dorgan owned and ran a cafe and worked as a bartender for a number of years. Dorgan was married to Jennie Dorgan, and they had two sons, William and Harry, and a daughter, Mary. At the time of the 1900 United States Census, and also the 1905 New York Census, Dorgan was living in Syracuse, New York with his wife, Jennie, and three children and was employed as a "barkeeper."
In February 1909, Dorgan underwent an operation on his knee to repair an old baseball injury. He developed blood poisoning and died at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut six weeks after the operation. Dorgan was age 55 when he died. He was buried at St. Agnes Cemetery in Syracuse, New York.
Dorgan was posthumously inducted into the Syracuse Hall of Fame in 1999.
- "Mike Dorgan Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. July 3, 2014.
- "Body of Michael Dorgan Arrives Here for Burial: Syracuse Man, Once Known as Greatest All Around Ball Player in Country, Died in Hospital at Hartford, Connecticut". The Hartford Times. April 1909.
- Census entry for Cornelius Dorgan and family. Son Michael age 6. Son Jerry age 1. Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut; Roll: M653_83; Page: 277; Image: 279; Family History Library Film: 803083. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- "Jerry Dorgan Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
- "A Veteran Gone: Mike Dorgan, Once Famous Catcher and Batsman, Is Dead" (PDF). The Sporting Life. May 8, 1909. p. 7.
- "Mike Dorgan Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
- Census entry for Michael Dorgan, born in Connecticut in Sept. 1854. Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Syracuse Ward 5, Onondaga, New York; Roll: 1136; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0101; FHL microfilm: 1241136. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
- Census entry for Michael C. Dorgan, age 50, bar keeper. Source Citation: New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 02; City: Syracuse Ward 05; County: Onondaga; Page: 49. Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1905 [database on-line].
- "Mike Dorgan". Syracuse Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 3, 2014.