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Albert Joseph Maul
(Smiling Al)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 175 lb.

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"Al Maul is Washington's winning pitcher. He . . . usually manages to hold his opponents down to about six hits. . . He has won the last six games in which he has pitched." - Sporting Life, June 29, 1895

Al Maul was believed to be the last surviving player from the Union Association. In addition to his one game in the 1884 Union Association, he won 16 games in the 1890 Players League and played for years in the National League as a pitcher and outfielder, also playing a lot of first base in 1888. He led the 1895 National League in ERA and was second in 1898.

He is listed as a regular outfielder for the 1889 Pittsburg Alleghenys. That year he appeared 64 times in the outfield. Jocko Fields actually appeared more often in left field, but Al had more games overall in the outfield and so is listed as the #3 outfielder along with centerfielder Ned Hanlon and rightfielder Billy Sunday. As a pitcher Al was in only six games that season for the Alleghenys.

Al was used sparingly as a major league pitcher until 1890, when he pitched 30 games, and then again until 1893 when he became primarily a pitcher for the rest of his major league career.

Maul also played for Binghamton, Rochester, Nashville and Buffalo. He then coached at Lehigh University in 1903-1904.

Often called "Smiling Al Maul", he lived past the age of 90. Here is his baseball card.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL ERA Leader (1895)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1898)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1890, 1893, 1894 & 1898)

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