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    I heard about this guy in a book. He played with the Cubs in 1886 and had a 24-6 record with an ERA of 2.24. The next year he played 1 game in center field and had no at bats and never played again. Does anyone know what happened to him? I looked in a few websites but could'nt find anything. I also googled his name and got a bunch of stuff but not much help.
    "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
    -Rogers Hornsby-

    "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
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  • #2
    he blew out his arm

    page 290 the great encyclopedia of 19th century mlb

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    • #3
      Oh ok. Thank you very much.
      "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
      -Rogers Hornsby-

      "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
      -Rogers Hornsby-

      Just a note to all the active members of BBF, I consider all of you the smartest baseball people I have ever communicated with and love everyday I am on here. Thank you all!

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      • #4
        I wonder when he blew it out.

        He was reserved by Chicago in October 1886.

        Any more info in the book?
        "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
        Carl Yastrzemski

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        • #5
          he rates a full page article - came to chicago with his batterymate prunes moolic - both lived in lawrence, massachusetts - won 23 games - blew out arm - they say he never took care of himself - means alcohol i guess - holds all-time record for most wins by one-year pitcher - doesn't say when he hurt his arm - whether it was late 1886 or early 1887

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          • #6
            Looks like he hit in the number one spot form the box scores in The Sporting News.

            I see one where he's batting eighth as well.
            "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
            Carl Yastrzemski

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            • #7
              He played his last game in right field on May 23, 1887.

              The Tribune says, "Flynn split a finger on the first ball hit to right and was retired in favor of (Dell) Darling."

              He had not hits and one error.
              "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
              Carl Yastrzemski

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              • #8
                Flynn and Moolic were brother-in-laws.

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