Welch, Mickey

Michael Francis Welch
Born: July 4, 1859, Brooklyn, New York
Died: July 30, 1941, Concord, New Hampshire
Played For: 
Troy Trojans (1880-1882), New York Gothams, Giants (1883-1892)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1973

Mickey Welch was the third pitcher in big league history to reach 300 victories, preceded only by Pud Galvin and Tim Keefe. Depending heavily on an assortment of offspeed pitches, the crafty right-hander hurled for Troy and New York in the National League during the 19th century. On Aug. 28, 1884, Welch struck out the first nine batters he faced, a record that has remained untouched. A nine-time 20-game winner, his best season occurred in 1885, when he won 17 straight games en route to a 44-11 record.

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Did You Know: 
that when Mickey Welch batted for teammate Hank O'Day in the bottom of the fifth inning on Aug. 10, 1889, he became the first Major League pinch-hitter ever?
The greatest factor which must be on the side of the ball player is his disposition. It will make or break much more quickly than all the breaks of the game.