Debuting with the Union Association Boston Reds in 1884, it would take Tommy McCarthy four more years to appear in more than one hundred games. With his final season taking place in 1896, he has one of the smallest bodies of work of any Hall of Famer. An impressive base stealer who led the league in 1890 while playing for the American Association St. Louis Browns, McCarthy also batted over .300 four times. He was also an impressive fielder, logging 42 outfield assists in 1888. Unfortunately, that’s the bulk of his statistical highlights and his election in 1946 is considered one of the most controversial and least deserving of all Hall of Famers.
After his playing days were over, McCarthy stayed in baseball as a scout, even doing some work for the Boston Red Sox in 1922, right before he died.
July 19, 2011