- OF, P
- Smiling Mickey
- July 4, 1859
- 5' 8"
- 160 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 5-01-1880 with TRN
- Hall of Fame:
Except for a few very good seasons, it's hard to distinguish Mickey Welch from several other pre-1890s pitchers. But he was fortunate enough (through his own durability) to stick around long enough to win 300 games, a figure that earned him a Hall of Fame nod long after he had passed on.
Welch never led the league in wins, ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, or any other category except base on balls allowed. In 1885 he went 44-11, completed all of his 55 starts, and posted a 1.66 ERA. Between July 18 and September 4, Welch won 17 consecutive games and hurled four shutouts and four one-run games.
Mickey Welch won his 300th game on July 28, 1890, against Pittsburgh.
Mickey Welch was the first pinch-hitter in major league history, appearing off the bench on September 10, 1889 for the Giants. He struck out.
Control. Welch was one of the wilder pitchers of his era, leading the league in wild pitches, as well as finishing among league leaders in walks a few times.
On August 28, 1884, Welch established a major league record by striking out the first nine Cleveland Blues batters to face him.
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