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Ownie Carroll

Ownie Carroll
Born: (1902-11-11)November 11, 1902
Kearny, New Jersey
Died: June 8, 1975(1975-06-08) (aged 72)
Orange, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 20, 1925 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1934 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 64–90
Earned run average 4.43
Strikeouts 311

Owen Thomas "Ownie" Carroll, (November 11, 1902 – June 8, 1975) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played nine seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1925–1930), New York Yankees (1930), Cincinnati Reds (1930–1932), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1933–1934).

High school and college career

Born in Kearny, New Jersey, Ownie was a right-handed thrower who played high school ball at Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. He accumulated a record of 49 wins and 2 losses at St. Benedict's Prep.[1][2][3]

Carroll attended College of the Holy Cross at Worcester, Massachusetts, where he became widely known as the best pitcher in college baseball. He pitched a complete game, 15-inning 2–1 win against Harvard in 1922.[4] Between 1922 and 1925, he had a record of 50 wins and 2 losses for the Holy Cross Crusaders.[4] His two losses came as a sophomore, and he compiled perfect records of 8–0 in 1922, 11–0 in 1924 and 16–0 in 1925.[4]

Major League career

Carroll made his major league debut for the Tigers on June 20, 1925. His best season was 1928 when he went 16–12 for the Tigers in 231 innings. He came in 20th in the American League Most Valuable player voting in 1928 after finishing ninth in the league in earned run average (ERA) (3.27), ninth in complete games (19), ninth in Adjusted ERA+ (126), and sixth in hits allowed per 9 innings (8.53). In 1929, Carroll's record turned on its head as he went 9–17, with his 17 losses ranking seventh in the league. Three years later, Carroll lost 18 games for the Reds, the most losses by a pitcher that year. Caroll finished his career in 1934 with the Dodgers. Over his 11-year major league career, Carroll was 64–90 in 1,330 inning pitched with an ERA of 4.43.

Carroll holds the record for having been traded for future Hall of Famers. He was traded to the Yankees for Waite Hoyt, to the Cards for Jim Bottomley, and to the Dodgers for Dazzy Vance.

Coaching career

Carroll was the coach of the Seton Hall Pirates from 1948 to 1972. Carroll led the Seton Hall Pirates to a winning record in 21 of his 25 years as their coach. The Pirates under Coach Caroll had ten seasons with winning percentages above .700, including the following:

  • 1948: 13–1 (.900)
  • 1949: 18–3 (.857)
  • 1950: 15–5 (.750)
  • 1951: 15–4 (.775)
  • 1953: 11–3 (.786)
  • 1959: 13–4 (.765)
  • 1964: 25–5 (.833)
  • 1966: 20–6 (.759)

The baseball field at Seton Hall was renamed Owen T. Carroll Field in his honor.[5]


Carroll died in Orange, New Jersey in 1975 at age 72, and was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, New Jersey.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b "Ownie Carroll, Baseball Coach, Holy Cross Pitching Star, Dies". The New York Times. June 10, 1975. Retrieved July 22, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Ownie Carroll". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 
  3. ^ Reardon, Michael. "From Fitton Field to The Big Show". Holy Cross Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Carroll's record is 50 won, 2 lost; Holy Cross's Greatest Pitcher Bowed Only to Princeton and Boston College In 4 Years". The New York Times. June 28, 1925. Retrieved July 22, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Ownie Carroll Day; New Jersey Sports". The New York Times. April 26, 1973. p. 92. Retrieved July 22, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Ownie Carroll Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 

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