Price: Former Spokane pitcher Tony Mullane honored by SABR

From SABR member Jim Price at The Spokesman Review on July 3, 2015:

Overlooked for decades as a former Spokane ballplayer, let alone by the Baseball Hall of Fame, Tony Mullane, one of the game’s old-time pitching stars, has been recognized by the Society for American Baseball Research.

SABR, following an on-line poll of its membership, announced Mullane as its 2015 Overlooked 19th-Century Baseball Legend at the organization’s 45th annual convention last weekend in Chicago.

Born in County Cork, Ireland, Mullane won 284 games, 29th all-time, in 13 major-league seasons through 1894. He played off-and-on for another decade, retiring after two months with Spokane’s Pacific Northwest League team in 1902.

The handsome right hander was known as The Apollo of the Box for his ability to draw large crowds on Ladies Day. And because he was a sharp dresser, he also was called Count Mullane. Nonetheless, he gained an unsavory reputation as a revolver, a player who signed contracts with teams in competing leagues and one who sometimes jumped his contract.

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Originally published: July 9, 2015. Last Updated: July 9, 2015.