Mike Prendergast (baseball)

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Mike Prendergast
Mike Prendergast Pitching for the Cubs.jpg
Mike Prendergast Pitching, 1917
Born: (1888-12-15)December 15, 1888
Arlington, Illinois
Died: November 18, 1967(1967-11-18) (aged 78)
Omaha, Nebraska
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 26, 1914, for the Chicago Federals
Last MLB appearance
June 9, 1919, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record41–53
Earned run average2.74

Michael Thomas Prendergast (December 15, 1888 – November 18, 1967) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. His nickname during his playing years was "Iron Mike".[1]

He was born on December 15, 1888 in Arlington, Illinois. Mike's parents were Jeremiah Prendergast and Catherine Louise Corcoran, both natives of County Waterford, Ireland.

In 1914 and 1915, he pitched for the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. When the Federal League ceased operations in 1915 and merged with the Chicago Cubs, Mike joined the Cubs organization. He pitched with the Cubs in 1916 and 1917. After the 1917 season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies where he played in 1918 and 1919.

After his retirement from baseball Mike and his wife relocated to Omaha, Nebraska and Mike worked at Falstaff Brewery.

In 1932, Mike won the Omaha Ping Pong championship.[1]

He died in Omaha on November 18, 1967 and is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Omaha.

Mike's younger brother, Jeremiah "Jerry" Prendergast, nicknamed Jade, also played some minor league baseball.


  1. ^ a b Esser, Bruce. "Nebraska Minor League Basbell". Retrieved 2 March 2012.

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