Baseball in America has a very strong tradition of being played by Irish immigrants and their descendants, from Big Ed Delahanty to Troy O’Leary, with many others in between. So today, we bring you a tree of one of the Major Leaguers born in Ireland - Tony Mullane (full list here), traded from Cincinnati to Baltimore in 1893.
Though Mullane had a very good career, was chosen to be profiled for three reasons:
- He was born in Cork
- His nickname was “The Apollo of the Box” due to his handsome appearance
- He was traded for a man named “Piggy”
In all seriousness, Mullane is the 2nd on the all-time wins list for pitchers not in the Hall of Fame. Only Bert Blyleven (287) has more wins for a pitcher not born in America. Ferguson Jenkins (Canada) is tied with Mullane with 284.