Arch McCarthy

Arch McCarthy
Pitcher
Born: (1881-01-21)January 21, 1881
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Died: Unknown
Batted: Unknown Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 14, 1902, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1902, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Games pitched 10
Win-Loss record 2–7
Earned run average 6.13
Teams

Archibald Joseph McCarthy[1] (born January 21, 1881 in Ypsilanti, Michigan) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. His career was short, and he only played for six weeks for the Detroit Tigers in 1902 and did not return for the following season. He debuted on August 14, 1902 at the age of 21 and played through the end of the 1902 Detroit Tigers season until September 18. Nothing is known of Arch McCarthy's life before or after his professional career, and his date of death is unknown.[2]

McCarthy pitched in 10 games during his six weeks for the Detroit Tigers, and he accumulated a win-loss record of 2–7 and a fairly high earned run average of 6.13. He had only 10 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched. His batting statistics were also very poor. He had only two hits in 28 at bats for a batting average of .071.[2] That year, teammates Pete LePine, Lew Post, Lou Schiappacasse, and Ed Fisher also played their whole professional careers within the last few weeks of the Tigers' 1902 season.[3] Jack Cronin was the only of the 12 pitchers on the Tigers roster that year to finish with a higher earned run average than McCarthy, although Cronin had a win-loss record of 0–0 as a relief pitcher. The Tigers struggled immensely in their second season in the American League and were constantly changing their roster, which was largely filled with young and inexperienced rookies. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 52–82–2 (.385) at 30½ games out of first place, which remains one of the team's worst seasons in history.[4]

References[]

  1. ^ Benchcoach (2008). "Benchcoach: Arch McCarthy". Retrieved August 19, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Baseball Almanac (2000–2007). "Arch McCarthy Stats". Retrieved August 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ Baseball Almanac (2000–2007). "1902 American League Retirements". Retrieved August 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ ESPN.com (2009). "MLB Season History – 1902". Retrieved August 19, 2009. 

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