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This page is for Patrick Joseph Flaherty, major league player in 1899-1911. For other players with similar names, click here
Patrick Joseph Flaherty
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 8", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut September 8, 1899
- Final Game September 14, 1911
- Born June 29, 1876 in Mansfield, PA USA
- Died January 23, 1968 in Alexandria, LA USA
"Baseball Necrology" lists date of birth as June 31st. (131)
 Biographical Information
Patsy Flaherty had success both as a pitcher and as a hitter. Flaherty came up briefly in 1899 and 1900, but didn't stick until 1903. In 1899, he pitched well, with a 2.31 ERA on the 1899 Louisville Colonels, Honus Wagner's team. Flaherty was a long-time friend of Wagner - "a longtime basketball-playing, drinking, and hunting buddy", as he is described by the book "Honus: the Life and Times of a Baseball Hero". Per the book, Wagner had recommended him to manager Fred Clarke in 1899.
After 1900, Flaherty came back in 1903 with the 1903 Chicago White Sox, going 11-25 games on a team that lost 77 total (the other two regular starting pitchers both went approximately .500). He did have at least one impressive game, though, matching up against Cy Young in a game where both pitchers pitched shutouts into the tenth inning when Young himself got the winning hit. (Source:"Autumn's Glory: Baseball's First World Series")
The next year Flaherty was released early in the season by the White Sox, and the Pirates, who needed a pitcher, signed him. He surprised by going 19-9, and leading a good rotation in victories.
As a hitter, Flaherty had a low average but hit with some power. He was occasionally used as a pinch-hitter, and in 1911 (when he pitched 4 games), he finally became largely a position player, appearing in 19 games and pinch-hitting in a number more. He hit .287 at age 35 and slugged .426, both numbers comfortably above the team averages.
Scout for the Chicago Cubs 1926-1932.
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A Google Book Search shows that he is mentioned in many books about the era.