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John Dickson McBride

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Dick McBride was a star pitcher long before the National Association was formed. As early as 1864 he was such a star that he was allowed time off from service in the Civil War to pitch in an important series. A Philadelphia star, he had been needed in the army when Philadelphia was attacked by the Confederacy.

McBride in 1871 was both the manager and the star pitcher on the first pennant-winning professional team, the Philadelphia Athletics, in the first year of the National Association. He went on to be a successful pitcher for several more years, and continued to manage, although he did not win another pennant. He appeared briefly in the National League in its inaugural 1876 season for the Boston Red Caps.

The most similar pitcher (according to similarity scores) is Candy Cummings, and two other Hall of Famers are on his list: Dizzy Dean and John Ward.

He died in 1916, the same year that Enos Slaughter was born. He was long listed in encyclopedias as James Dickson McBride, but his first name was in fact John, as certified by contemporary accounts in the Philadelphia Inquirer. This information enabled SABR researcher Bob Bailey to trace his death details in 2007.

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Year Team League Record Finish
1871 Philadelphia Athletics National Association 21-7 1st
1872 Philadelphia Athletics National Association 30-14 2nd
1873 Philadelphia Athletics National Association 28-23 4th
1874 Philadelphia Athletics National Association 33-22 3rd
1875 Philadelphia Athletics National Association 49-18 -- replaced by Cap Anson (4-2)

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