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Patsy Donovan

For the football player of the same name, see Pat Donovan (American football).
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Patsy Donovan
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Right fielder/Manager
Born: (1865-03-16)March 16, 1865
Queenstown, Ireland
Died: December 25, 1953(1953-12-25) (aged 88)
Lawrence, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 19, 1890 for the Boston Beaneaters
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1907 for the Brooklyn Superbas
Career statistics
Batting average .301
Hits 2253
Runs scored 1318
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Career highlights and awards
  • National League pennant: 1890
  • National League stolen base champion: 1900
  • 11 seasons with a .300+ batting average
  • 9 seasons with 30+ stolen bases
  • 6 seasons with 100+ runs scored
  • Managerial record: 684-879

Patrick Joseph "Patsy" Donovan (March 16, 1865 – December 25, 1953) was an Irish-American right fielder and manager in Major League Baseball who played for several teams from

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He batted .300 lifetime and set a major league record for career games in right field, as well as retiring among the career leaders in total games (5th, 1813), assists (9th, 264) and double plays (5th, 69) as an outfielder. Donovan batted and threw left-handed.

Early years

Born in Queenstown, County Cork, Donovan established himself as the most successful Irish-born major leaguer. He broke into organized baseball in

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Minor league career

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On to the major leagues

In 1890 he made his major league debut in the National League (NL) with the Boston Beaneaters, and moved to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in midseason; it would be the only time in his career that he played for a league champion. In

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Donovan starred with the Pirates from

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By the end of the 1903 season he ranked among the NL's top ten career leaders in hits and at bats, though he would drop from among the leaders before his playing career ended. His 64 career double plays in the NL ranked one behind Jimmy Ryan's league record. He then served as player-manager for the American League's Washington Senators in 1904, his last season as a regular.

In 1903, he broke Sam Thompson's major league record of 1401 games in right field; Willie Keeler passed him in 1906, before Donovan played his last several games and retired with a total of 1620. In

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In a 17-season playing career, Donovan had 2246 hits, 1318 runs, 16 home runs and 736 runs batted in in 1821 games, along with 207 doubles and 75 triples. Donovan collected 302 stolen bases from 1890 to 1897, and 216 more after the statistic was revised to its modern definition in 1898.

Donovan joined the Boston Red Sox as a scout in

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Donovan died at the age of 88 in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Christmas Day 1953, and is interred at St. Mary Cemetery in Lawrence.

Honors

In the Irish Baseball League, the annual award for best batter is named "The Patsy Donovan Batting Champion Award".

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