Tom Cahill (baseball)

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Tom Cahill
Thomas H. Cahill.jpg
Utility player
Born: (1868-10-00)October , 1868
Fall River, Massachusetts
Died: (1894-12-25)December 25, 1894 (aged 26)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
April 9, 1891, for the Louisville Colonels
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1891, for the Louisville Colonels
MLB statistics
Batting average .253
Home runs 3
RBIs 44
Stolen bases 38

Thomas H. "Tom" Cahill (October, 1868 – December 25, 1894) was an American professional baseball player who played from 1888 to 1894. He played one season in Major League Baseball and had a career batting average of .253 with 109 hits, 17 doubles, 7 triples, 3 home runs, 44 RBIs, and 38 stolen bases. He was of Irish descent.

Early life[edit]

Cahill was born in Fall River, Massachusetts in October, 1868. His father, also named Thomas Cahill, was born in Ireland and worked as a laborer.[1] Cahill's mother was also born in Ireland.[2] Cahill attended both the College of the Holy Cross, and the University of Pennsylvania. At the University of Pennsylvania, Cahill studied medicine while playing professional baseball.[3] He left the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1891 to play professional baseball full-time, but planned on returning to his studies and eventually becoming a doctor.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1888, Cahill began his professional career at the age of 19 with the Worcester Grays of the New England League. The next season, Cahill played with the New Haven, Connecticut baseball club of the Atlantic Association. Cahill was described by the Meriden Daily Republican as "a popular catcher," and the New Haven club resigned Cahill for the 1890 season.[3]

Louisville Colonels[edit]

Cahill began to play with the Major League Baseball franchise Louisville Colonels of the American Association in 1901, a year after they won the American Association pennant. On the season, Cahill played multiple positions including catcher (55 games), shortstop (49 games), outfield (12 games), second base (6 games), and third base (2 games). In total, Cahill committed 69 errors in 342 total chances, giving him a fielding percentage of .930. On the offensive side, Cahill batted .253 with 68 runs, 17 doubles, 7 triples, 3 home runs, 44 RBIs, 38 stolen bases, and 41 bases on balls. Among teammates, Cahill lead the Colonels in stolen bases, and stolen bases; was second in doubles; and was fourth in hits, bases on balls, and triples (tied with Ollie Beard).[5] Cahill was first in the majors in stolen bases amongst fellow rookies (tied with Tommy Dowd), and was second in the league (first in the American Association) in doubles.[6] On April 21, 1892, Cahill was released by the Colonels.[7]

Later career[edit]

After his major league career, Cahill played for the Troy Trojans of the Eastern League for two seasons (1892–1893). His final season was 1894, before his death. Cahill played with the Troy Washerwomen, which later moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania and became the Scranton Indians. He was the manager of the Scranton baseball club.[4]


Cahill died on December 25, 1894 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He died from complications after an injury.[4] Cahill was buried in St. John Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts.[8]


  1. ^ "Individual Record: Thomas Cahill". Family Search. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Individual Record: Thomas Cahill". Family Search. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Sporting Matters". Meriden Daily Republican. January 25, 1890. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Penn Biographies: Thomas H. Cahill (1868–1894)". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "1891 Louisville Colonels Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Nemec, David; Zeman, Dave (2004). The Baseball Rookies Encyclopedia. Potomac Books Inc. p. 48. ISBN 1-57488-670-3. 
  7. ^ "Tom Cahill Trades and Transactions". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tom Cahill Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 

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