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Joe Quinn (second baseman)

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Joe Quinn
Second baseman / Manager
Born: (1862-12-24)24 December 1862[1]
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Died: 12 November 1940(1940-11-12) (aged 77)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
26 April, 1884, for the St. Louis Maroons
Last MLB appearance
23 July, 1901, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.261
Home runs29
Runs batted in794
Managerial record23–132
Winning %.148
Teams
As player

As manager

Joseph James Quinn (25 December 1864[2] – 12 November 1940) was an Australian second baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was the only Australian-born player to reach the major leagues until Craig Shipley in 1986.

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Early life

Quinn was born in a squatters' camp outside Ipswich, Queensland, to poor immigrants from Ireland,[3]: 3  Patrick Quinn and Catherine, née McAfee.[citation needed] Quinn's father was a swagman and the family traveled Australia so that his father could find work. As a teenager, he moved with his family to rural Iowa. Despite not playing baseball before coming to the United States, he landed his first professional contract after playing only three years of amateur baseball in Dubuque, Iowa.[3]: 3 

Career

Quinn started his career in 1884 with the Union Association's St. Louis Maroons, which won the pennant. He was one of few players from that league to later find success in the National League. Throughout his career, Quinn was known for his defensive skills, and he led NL second basemen in fielding percentage twice.

Quinn also had two stints as a big league manager, with the St. Louis Browns in 1895 and the Cleveland Spiders in 1899. His Browns club went 11–28 under his guidance, and the Spiders were even worse, going 12–104. His career .148 winning percentage is one of the lowest in baseball history.

He was, as a player, arguably the best hitter on the Spiders team that he managed, which is considered to have been the worst team in major league history.

He umpired two games; one each in 1894 and 1896.

In the offseason, Quinn was a mortician, and he owned a funeral home after his playing days ended. He died at age 77 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Quinn was inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame on 4 May 2013.

In 2014, the Australian sports writer Rochelle Llewelyn Nicholls published a biography of Joe "Undertaker" Quinn as Joe Quinn – Among the Rowdies.[4][5]

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ "Joe Quinn". mlb.com. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ Some sources give 1862 as his year of birth.
  3. ^ a b Nicholls, Rochelle Llewelyn (1 October 2014). Joe Quinn Among the Rowdies: The Life of Baseball's Honest Australian. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-1531-8. Retrieved 25 April 2024.
  4. ^ "The secret's out: American baseball legend was actually a Campbelltonian" by Jeff McGill, Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser, 11 March 2014
  5. ^ Llewelyn Nicholls, Rochelle (2014). Joe Quinn – Among the Rowdies. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0786479801.

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