James Edward McTamany
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut August 15, 1885
- Final Game October 5, 1891
- Born July 4, 1863 in Philadelphia, PA USA
- Died April 16, 1916 in Lenni, PA USA
" . . . in 1887 (Pete Browning) was fourth in outfield chances only to Curt Welch, Pop Corkhill and Jim McTamany, perhaps the three best defensive outfielders active that season." - from The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Major League Baseball
Jim McTamany played seven seasons in the majors, all in the 19th Century American Association. An outfielder, he played mostly center field.
Jim was born in Philadelphia, PA. In 1884-85 he played for Lancaster, and made his major league debut in August 1885 with the 1885 Brooklyn Grays, hitting .275 on a team whose average was .245. It was a fairly young team and there were several players younger than him, including 20-year-old Adonis Terry.
McTamany played two more seasons for Brooklyn, showing an ability to draw walks and hit some triples. In 1888 he moved to the Kansas City Cowboys for one season (Brooklyn sold him to the Cowboys), and then he spent 1889-90 and most of 1891 with the Columbus Solons.
The Columbus Solons existed as an American Association major league team for only three years, and McTamany was on the team all three of those years. He was among the league leaders in walks all three years, was a league leader in OBP in 1889-90, led the league in runs scored and walks in 1890, and in 1890-91 was among league leaders in doubles.
Jim had played well in 1891 but was released by Columbus on July 21. He was picked up by his hometown Philadelphia Athletics, for whom he played 58 games in the latter part of 1891.
The American Association ended its major league existence that season, and Jim went on to play three more seasons in the minors.
The book Baseball in Columbus has photos of the 1889 and 1890 Columbus teams. McTamany is a rather husky fellow with a big moustache.
- AA Runs Scored Leader (1890)
- AA Bases on Balls Leader (1890)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1887 & 1889-1891)
- 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 2 (1887 & 1888)