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Arthur Albert Irwin
(Doc or Sandy)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5,' 8½", Weight 158 lb.

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Irwin the "Master Scout" in 1911.

Although he was born in Toronto, Ontario, Arthur Irwin grew up in south Boston, MA and learned to play baseball in that city. He began his professional career in New England and enjoyed success as both a player and a manager. Following his retirement from the major leagues he owned the Toronto franchise while that city played in the Eastern League. He suffered from depression late in life and disappeared from a boat while traveling between New York and Boston. His death was ruled a probable suicide.

In the New York Times of July 21, 1921, his death and last days were explored. It appeared he had two wives and families, one in New York and one in Boston. He had recently been told that he would die unless he underwent serious surgery.

Irwin played 13 seasons in the big leagues, primarily as a shortstop. He managed for eight seasons in the majors, winning the 1891 American Association pennant in the last year that that league operated as a major league.

He was also a scout who nearly curtailed Lou Gehrig's baseball career before it began, luring him to play for his own Hartford Senators in June 1921, the summer before the future Iron Horse was to enroll at Columbia University under an athletic scholarship. Gehrig played under an assumed name, but when someone in the Columbia athletic department got wind that he was playing professionally, it nearly cost him his eligibility to play college sports. As it was, Gehrig was redshirted for a season, before a Yankee scout discovered him his sophomore year.[1]


Preceded by
Harry Wright
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
1894-1895
Succeeded by
Billy Nash
Preceded by
Harvey Watkins
New York Giants Manager
1896
Succeeded by
Bill Joyce

[edit] Year-by-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1897 Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League 75-49 2nd League Champs
1898 Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League 64-55 3rd none
1900 Syracuse Stars Eastern League 43-84 8th none
1903 Rochester Bronchos Eastern League -- -- replaced by Abbie Johnson
Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League 2nd none replaced James Gardner
1904 Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League -- -- replaced by Richard Haley
Kansas City Blues American Association 7th none replaced Dale Gear
1905 Kansas City Blues American Association 44-102 8th none
Altoona Mountaineers Tri-State League 52-73 6th none
1906 Altoona Mountaineers Tri-State League 64-62 4th none
1907 Altoona Mountaineers Tri-State League -- -- replaced by John Farrell
1915 Lewiston Cupids New England League 50-59 6th none
1918 Rochester Hustlers International League 60-61 5th none
1919 Rochester Hustlers International League 67-83 6th none
1920 Rochester Hustlers International League 45-106 7th none
1921 Hartford Senators Eastern League -- -- replaced by Jack Dowd

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