Joe McGinnity

Hit-By-Pitch Records

Joe McGinnity

“Nothing can hurt my arm. Last year, I pitched a 21-inning game for Peoria that took four hours. I never hurt my arm.” – Joe McGinnity

Joe McGinnity, one of the better pitchers around the turn of the 20th century, while with the National League’s Brooklyn franchise, set the Major League record for hitting batters with a pitch–with a total of 40 in 1900. These totals are since 1893. McGinnity also had a sidearm delivery which was difficult to control.

Pink Hawley had 5 different seasons in the dead ball era in which he had over 20 hit-by-pitches, as did Chick Fraser. Of course, with “small ball” the order of the day, batters tended to crowd the plate more than today.

Since WWII, only 2 pitchers have had over 20 hit-by-pitches; the California Angels’ Tom Murphy in 1969 and the Chicago Cubs’ Kerry Wood in 2003.

  • Kevin Graham

    Just found your blog. Lots of great stuff. I think you meant to say Pink Hawley hit over 20 batters in 5 seasons, not 20 wild pitches. Also Pink Hawley had a twin brother named Blue. Those were simpler times back then.

    • Paul Gillespie

      Kevin, thanks for your note in response to my post on “Hit-By-Pitch” records. You are, of course, correct. I meant to give details on Pink Hawley’s and Chick Fraser’s hit-by-pitch stats–and I was looking at a separate set of data on wild pitches at the same time. Sorry about that.

      By the way, not too many fans know that Pink’s twin brother was called “Blue”–my congratulations to you for being a very knowledgeable baseball historian.

      Glad you are enjoying “From Deep Right Field”. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on Rube Waddell and Christy Mathewson…