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Deacon McGuire

Deacon McGuire

Position(s):
C, OF, SS, 3B, 1B, P
Born:
November 18, 1863
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
185 lbs
Major League Debut:
6-21-1884 with TL1

McGuire appeared in more major league seasons than any catcher in baseball history - 26. He caught 1,611 games, most coming during the 19th century. He reached his peak with the National League Washington club, topping the .300 mark each year from 1894 through 1897, and never again. At a time when pinch hitters were rarely used, he was a good one (14-for-41 lifetime). Though he managed in six different years, only the 1910 Indians were his for an entire season, and he never had a winning record. His 1859 career assists remain the most for a catcher for a career.

Baseball career

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, McGuire moved with his family to Cleveland when he was still a child. He began his professional baseball career with the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association. When the team folded, he joined the Detroit Wolverines. In 1886, McGuire joined the Philadelphia Quakers, where he would stay for three years, and in 1888, he briefly returned to the Wolverines before playing 26 games for the Cleveland Spiders.

After serving as player-manager of the Toronto franchise in the International League in 1889, he had a one-year stint with the short-lived Rochester Broncos, then joined the Washington Senators, where he would stay for eight years until being traded to the Brooklyn Superbas during the 1899 season; in 1899 and 1900 he was one of the two principal catchers for Brooklyn's NL champions. In 1902 he joined the Detroit Tigers of the rival American League. Before the 1904 season, he was sold to the New York Highlanders, catching 97 games, at age 40, for a team that missed the pennant by 1.5 games.

Throughout his career, he was signed on and played for a total of 11 different major-league teams, wearing 12 different jerseys, giving him the record of playing for more teams than any other baseball player until he was surpassed by Matt Stairs in 2010 who played for 12 different teams.

McGuire is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date who have appeared in Major League games in four decades.

Managerial career and retirement

Already having been a player-manager for the Senators in 1898, he became manager of the Boston Red Sox in 1907, and had a three-year term leading the Cleveland Naps beginning in 1909. His career managerial record finished at 210-287 (.423). Afterward, he became a coach with the Tigers from 1911 to 1917, and later was coach at Albion College in Michigan.

McGuire died in Duck Lake, Michigan at age 72.

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Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Superbas, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Spiders, Deacon McGuire, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Wolverines, Manager, New York Highlanders, Philadelphia Quakers, Washington Senators, catcher

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