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Daniel J. Lally

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 210 lb.

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"Dan Lally is playing a game in left field that is away above the average." - Sporting Life, Aug. 29, 1896, about Dan Lally with Minneapolis

Dan "Bud" Lally played two seasons in the majors and had a long minor league career from at least 1887-1905. While in the majors he was a regular outfielder for the 1897 St. Louis Browns.

He was certainly a prolific minor leaguer during his time as a pro ball player, starting in 1887 when he appeared with Haverhill of the New England League and hitting .362 in 77 games with 348 at-bats. The following year he actually pitched in 2 games while with Toronto of the International Association. His best year was probably in 1895 when he belonged to the Minneapolis Millers of the Western League, hitting .400 in 590 at-bats, leading the league in runs scored with 205. By the time he was through playing ball for a living, Lally owned a .308 batting average in the minors, appearing in 1,945 games with 8,111 at-bats.

After retiring, Lally was an umpire in the South Atlantic League in 1907.

He was committed to the Wisconsin State Asylum after being declared insane in 1910. Details of this tragic event are as yet unclear.

Lally is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI where he died. Interestingly, his unmarked grave is located less than 100 feet from the grave of another former major leaguer, Donald "Dan" Marion whose grave is also unmarked.

Sources include The Minor League Register, SABR Biographical Committee Listing of Wisconsin's Ballplayer Burial Locations.

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