Joseph Leo Birmingham
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
- School Cornell University
- Debut September 12, 1906
- Final Game July 25, 1914
- Born December 3, 1884 in Elmira, NY USA
- Died April 24, 1946 in Tampico, Tamaulipas Mexico
Joe Birmingham played more major league games than any other player out of Cornell University.
An outfielder, his entire career was spent with Cleveland. They were then known as the Cleveland Naps after Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie, who played infield on the team and also managed the team some years. Joe played in the outfield along with Hall of Famer Elmer Flick and also with "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.
Joe had good range factors, but he wasn't a very strong hitter. His best years were 1909, when he hit .289 (which was good enough for 10th in the league in batting average that year), and 1911, when he hit .304.
He also managed the team for parts of four seasons.
He is the first major leaguer known to have died in Mexico.
|Cleveland Indians Manager
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1912||Cleveland Naps||American League||21-7||5th||Cleveland Naps||replaced Harry Davis (54-71) on September 2|
|1913||Cleveland Naps||American League||86-66||3rd||Cleveland Naps|
|1914||Cleveland Naps||American League||51-102||8th||Cleveland Naps|
|1915||Cleveland Indians||American League||12-16||--||Cleveland Indians||replaced by Lee Fohl on May 22|
|1916||Toronto Maple Leafs||International League||--||none||--||replaced by Lena Blackburne|
|1919||Pittsfield Hillies||Eastern League||64-44||1st||none|
|1920||Pittsfield Hillies||Eastern League||69-69||6th||none|
|1921||Albany Senators||Eastern League||7-30||--||none||--||replaced by Paddy O'Connor (45-68) on June 7|