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Patrick Joseph Livingston

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 197 lb.

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Paddy Livingston was a catcher 23 years (1898-1920), seven in the Majors (1901; 1906; 1909-1912; 1917) and 21 in the minors (1898-1905; 1907-1908; 1910-1920).

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Livingston was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues in 1901, with the Cleveland Blues. He played for the Blues (1901); the Cincinnati Reds (1906); the Philadelphia Athletics (1909-1911); the Cleveland Naps (1912); and the St. Louis Cardinals (1917), where he played his final major league game on at age 37. He returned to the minors until 1920, ending his baseball career at age 40. He also starred with the champion Toledo Mud Hens (1912-1913).

He was reputed to be the record holder for fewest strikeouts, 500 or more career ABs, although that record is in dispute because of limited record-keeping.

Livingston was a popular, good-natured, well-liked man who was famous for being frugal. Reportedly, in spring training in 1906 with Cincinnati, he lived the entire camp on the first $25 expense check that was given out for the first week.

After his playing career ended, Livingston was a Philadelphia Athletics coach in 1919. He then worked 43 years for the city of Cleveland's bridge maintenance department, retiring in 1963. Paddy was the last surviving player from the inaugural season of the American League in 1901 and also the oldest living ex-player when he died at age 97 in St. John's Hospital in Cleveland. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.

Gene "Three Finger" Carney's play "Mornings After," is based on the life of Paddy Livingston.

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Last living player from the inaugural American League season (1901)

[edit] Chronology

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  • 1909: On 24 August at Detroit, Livingston threw out Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers trying to steal third during an intentional walk to Sam Crawford. Cobb came in spikes high and intentionally spiked third baseman Frank "Homerun" Baker on his bare hand and tearing up Baker's arm during the play, prompting howls of protest from the Athletics. The Tigers win, 7-6, and A's manager Connie Mack will complain to Ban Johnson about Cobb's dirty play. Cobb gets a warning from the American League president. The photo of that play, originally taken in 1909 and enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, lives on as well as Cobb's reputation that would brand him forevermore as "The Spiker".
  • 1911: On 12 July, in the first inning of a 9–0 win over the Athletics at Detroit, Cobb walks, then on consecutive pitches steals second base, third base and home off lefty Harry Krause. Twice he beats perfect throws by catcher Ira Thomas. After Cobb reaches on a fielder's choice in the 3rd, Crawford hits a homerun. In the seventh, Cobb walks, is bunted to second base, and scores on a sacrifice fly, knocking the ball out of the hands of the new catcher Paddy Livingston.
  • 1911: On 6 December Livingston is purchased by the Naps from the Athletics.

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[edit] Sources

Principal sources for Paddy Livingston include newspaper obituaries (OB), government records (VA,CM,CW), Sporting Life (SL), Baseball Digest, The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR), TSN's Daguerreotypes (none) (DAG), The Historical Register, The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase(PD), The Baseball Library (BL); various Encyclopediae including The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball by Turkin & Thompson (T&T), MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia (Mac), Total Baseball (TB), The Bill James Historical Abstract (BJ) and The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (LJ); Retrosheet (RS), The Baseball Chronology (BC), Baseball Page (BP), The Baseball Almanac (BA), Baseball Cube (B3) and obituaries at deadballera.com (DBE) as well as research by Reed Howard (RH), Pat Doyle (PD) and Frank Hamilton (FH).

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