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Joseph Leo Birmingham
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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.


Preceded by
Harry Davis
Cleveland Indians Manager
1912-1915
Succeeded by
Lee Fohl

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
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 none
1920 Pittsfield Hillies Eastern League none
1921 Albany Senators Eastern League -- -- none replaced by Paddy O'Connor

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