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22. Tony Mullane
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 30, 1859 in Cork, Ireland
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws:
  • Debut: August 27, 1881
  • Final Game: July 26, 1894
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
284 220 3.68 555 504 15 4,531.3 1803
 

How many people pointed at Bert Blyleven’s 287 career wins year after year and championed his Hall of Fame cause?  We don’t know the exact number, but we are sure that it is a lot more who than those who created logs extolling the virtues of Tony Mullane’s 284 Major League victories.

Maybe people should marvel at those wins.  Mullane was an ambidextrous hurler who could easily baffle batters as back in his day pitchers did not wear gloves thus they had no idea which arm he would throw with.  Mullane was an innings eater who had thirty wins on multiple occasions.  Like many in his day, Mullane was very much a free spirit who challenged the reserve clause and was suspended for the 1885 season and sat out part of the 1892 season in protest over pay cuts.  This may have cost him the magical 300 win number and the fact that he played in the American Association (and not the National League) and had subpar seasons late in his career has made the switch pitching Tony Mullane a distant afterthought among the folks at Cooperstown.

Should Tony Mullane be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 23.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.7%
No opinion. - 2.3%
No way! - 4.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: County Cork, Ireland
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Lowest H/9 (1) (NL) (1892)
    Most Strikeouts (1) (AA) (1882)
    Most Shutouts (2) (AA) (1884 & 1887)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (AA) (1883)
  • Other Points of Note: 7 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 10. Complete Games: 468
    24. Innings Pitched: 4,531.3
    29. Wins: 284
    61. WAR for Pitchers: 60.3
  • Should be Inducted As A: Cincinnati Red

Should Tony Mullane be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 23.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.7%
No opinion. - 2.3%
No way! - 4.7%
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-1 #2 John Roberts 2015-07-30 01:45
When Mullane pitched home runs were rare and there were far less strikeouts and walks so preventing runs was more of a group effort and so wins were less relevant than today.
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-2 #1 John Smith 2015-04-30 01:52
He cannot be compared to Blyleven because in his day pitchers threw underhand from 50 feet and 60 starts in a season was common and complete games were the norm. Baseball was a different game back then so it is hard to judge him.
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