Thomas Francis Michael "Tommy" McCarthy (July 24, 1863 – August 5, 1922) was a Major League Baseball player. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.
McCarthy was born on July 24, 1863 in Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest son of Daniel and Sarah McCarthy. McCarthy joined the Boston Reds in the Union Association in
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Setting aside aspirations of being a star pitcher, McCarthy finally settled into an everyday position in a lineup in
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McCarthy moved back to the National League to play for the Boston Beaneaters in
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Hall of Fame selection
McCarthy's selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946 has always been a controversial one due to his less than spectacular statistics, especially when compared to those of his fellow inductees and some players who have not yet been honored.
In his Historical Baseball Abstract, Sabermetrician Bill James makes the point that McCarthy was held in such high esteem because of his introduction of the "hit and run" play into the game. This play, among other novel strategies (such as batter to baserunner signals, etc.) that he and his Boston teammates utilized, were a clever and gentlemanly counter to the rough and tumble "Baltimore" style of play which was, at the time, giving baseball a bad name. Nevertheless, in the same book, James also said that McCarthy is the worst player in the Hall of Fame.
- ^ SABR Biography
- ^ James, Bill. The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 2000.
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