First Hamiltonian in majors didn’t have same impact as Joey Votto

From Scott Radley at on April 2, 2013, with mention of SABR member Peter Morris:

On the most highly anticipated opening day in a couple of decades when everyone is talking baseball, telling the story of the first Hamiltonian to make it to the major leagues seemed like a great idea. Except for one small thing.

The details are more than a little slim.

Here’s what we know. By the time he was 30, Jim Pirie had been living in London for years. The Dundas native had a job, a family and, seemingly, a relatively normal life.

According to Peter Morris, a 20-year member of the Society for American Baseball Research who specializes in tracking the history of more-obscure players and who’s spent some time studying Pirie, by the summer of 1882 he wasn’t playing any baseball at all.

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Originally published: April 2, 2013. Last Updated: April 2, 2013.