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Ira Felix Thomas

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 200 lb.

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Connie Mack (left) and Thomas, 1914

Ira Thomas was the first successful pinch hitter in the history of the World Series. While playing for the Detroit Tigers, he stroked a single while batting for Charley O'Leary against the Chicago Cubs' Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown in the 9th inning of Game One of the 1908 World Series.

He was a catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics during the time of the $100,000 infield.

After he retired, Thomas coached Williams College from 1914-1919. He then became a Philadelphia Athletics coach and manager Connie Mack's chief scout. He recommended several players, most notably Lefty Grove and George Earnshaw to the Athletics.

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