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Thomas McCreery

Baseball ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Thomas McCreery was one of the first Beaver County natives to play major league baseball and he did it nearly 100 years ago. Tom was born in 1874 and played professionally from 1895 to 1903. From 1895 to 1897, he was with Louisville before going to New York. In 1898, he was traded to Pittsburgh, where he stayed through 1900. From 1901 to 1903, Tom played for the Brooklyn Dodgers before being traded to Boston, where he finished his career. In nine years, he maintained a career batting average of .290 with 26 home runs and 387 RBIs and also showed good speed on the bases with 116 career stolen bases. The 5-11 180 pound Tom had his best single season average in 1896 with Louisville, batting .351 with 155 hits in 441 at bats. In 1899, while in Pittsburgh, he stroked a .323 average. Although primarily an outfielder, Tom showed his versatility by playing all four infield positions plus pitching ten games, compiling a 3-2 record. He played with and against some of the all time greats of the game at the turn of the century, such as Honus Wagner and Wee Willie Keeler at a time when Major League Baseball was just starting to catch hold as the national pastime. Tom died on July 3, 1941.