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Thomas Edward O'Meara

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown

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Thomas Edward "Eddie" O'Meara played in the majors in 1895 and 1896. He was primarily a catcher and appeared on the Cleveland Spiders during two seasons when they were quite good.

Chief Zimmer was the regular catcher for the Spiders each year.

O'Meara, who was born in Chicago, IL, played ball in the Wisconsin-Michigan League at age 19. He came to the majors at ages 22-23. He spent parts of 1896-98 playing for the Fort Wayne Indians. George Tebeau managed the Indians in 1896 while Patsy Tebeau managed the Spiders in 1896.

Eddie also played indoor baseball professionally. His obituary in 1902 indicated that he started in baseball with the Chicago City League, and before his death had run a saloon for a couple years in Fort Wayne. His brother was a state senator in Illinois.

"A LUCKY MORTAL. Eddie O'Meara, the luckiest man on earth, is the envy of all the base ball gang this winter. Just think of it! Eddie played in a minor league and got his salary. Then he went to Cleveland, played three or four innings during the regular season, caught about $10 worth of barnstorming games, gets his pay, and draws $528.33 from the Temple Cup series! Some people were born with a silver spoon in their mouths, but Eddie O'Meara, of Chicago, was born with a golden soup ladle in his clutches." - Sporting Life, December 14, 1895

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