Austin Ben Tincup
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut May 22, 1914
- Final Game September 15, 1928
- Born December 14, 1890 in Adair, OK USA
- Died July 5, 1980 in Claremore, OK USA
A full-blooded Cherokee Indian, pitcher Ben Tincup had a long minor league career, during which he won 251 games, led the 1912 Oklahoma State League and the 1913 Texas-Oklahoma League in strikeouts, and threw a perfect game on June 18, 1917 for the Little Rock Travelers. In 1933 he umpired in the American Association. From 1936-1939, he managed in the minor leagues. He was a coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940 and a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1941 until July when he resigned to become manager of the Paducah Indians . He then scouted for the Boston Braves (1946-1948), Pittsburgh Pirates (1949-1953), and Philadelphia Phillies (1956-1958). He may also have been a coach for the New York Yankees in 1960-1961.
Although his ML average of .135 does not reflect this, Tincup was an excellent hitter. His debut in the ML was with the Phillies on May 22, 1914 as a pinch-hitter and he singled in his initial ML AB. In 1920, playing for Hall of Fame Manager Joe McCarthy in Louisville of the American Association, Tincup had a Babe Ruthian-like season. As a pitcher, he was 15-12 with a 2.84 ERA. When not pitching, he played the outfield and ended up with a .331 average which was only four points behind the leader, Goldie Rapp.
The American Indian Integration of Baseball indicates that Tincup also played outfield, and had a .271 minor league batting average in 1203 games.