Joseph Jerome McGinnity
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 206 lb.
- Debut April 18, 1899
- Final Game October 5, 1908
- Born March 20, 1871 in Cornwall, IL USA
- Died November 14, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY USA
"Nothing can hurt my arm. I can throw curves like that all day. Last year, I pitched a 21-inning game for Peoria that took four hours. I never hurt my arm." - Joe McGinnity
"Iron Man" Joe McGinnity was known for a submarine style pitch that he claimed was easy on his arm. He pitched for ten seasons in the big leagues, starting in 1899 at age 28. His record was 246-142, and his best season was in 1904 for John McGraw's New York Giants, when he went 35-8 for a team that won the National League pennant with a record of 106-47.
McGinnity had pitched for six successful years in the minors before coming to major league baseball. He had also worked at an iron foundry, and one source says he got his nickname not from his iron arm but because he told people he worked at a foundry - "I'm an iron man."
He made a splash as a major league rookie by leading the National League in victories. In all, he led the league in wins five times in the period 1899-1906. He led the league in games pitched six times and even was the leader in saves three times.
McGinnity bought the Newark Indians in March 1909 for a reported $30,000.
Following his retirement from the major leagues, Joe McGinnity continued to pitch at the minor league level. His last season came in 1925, when he was a 54-year-old pitcher for Dubuque (a team he also managed). He won 207 games in the minors after he left the majors, thus becoming the Hall of Fame pitcher with the most career minor league victories.
He was a key part of the brouhaha occurring as part of the Merkle Bonehead Play. McGinnity was coaching at third base when the play occurred.
- NL ERA Leader (1904)
- 5-time NL Wins Leader (1899, 1900, 1903, 1904 & 1906)
- 2-time NL Winning Percentage Leader (1900 & 1904)
- 6-time League Games Pitched Leader (1901/AL & 1903-1907/NL)
- 3-time NL Saves Leader (1904, 1907 & 1908)
- 4-time League Innings Pitched Leader (1900/NL, 1901/AL, 1903/NL & 1904/NL)
- 2-time League Complete Games Leader (1901/AL & 1903/NL)
- NL Shutouts Leader (1904)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 9 (1899-1907)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 8 (1899-1906)
- 25 Wins Seasons: 6 (1899-1901, 1903, 1904 & 1906)
- 30 Wins Seasons: 2 (1903 & 1904)
- 35 Wins Seasons: 1 (1905)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 9 (1899-1907)
- 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 9 (1899-1907)
- 400 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1903 & 1904)
- Won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1905
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1946
- Hit batters, season (since 1893), 40, 1900
- Don Doxsie: Iron Man McGinnity: A Baseball Biography, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009.