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James Patrick Michael Conley

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 179 lb.

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Snipe Conley pitched three seasons in the majors but is probably better known for his many years playing for and managing at Dallas.

Conley left home at age 12 to work on the railroad in order to provide income for his family. He later worked in a shoe factory and played on the company semi-pro team. After being signed by the minor league Baltimore Orioles, another pitcher taught him to throw the spitball.

He was nicknamed "Snipe" as a result of undergoing the "snipe hunt" practical joke.

In the majors his best year was 1914, when his ERA of 2.52 would have put him in the top 10 in the 1914 Federal League if he had pitched enough innings.

Snipe won over 200 games as a pitcher for Dallas, including 27 in 1917. That year he had a consecutive win streak of 19.

Conley, a native of the Pennsylvania coal regions, managed the Dallas Steers for parts of three seasons from 1925 to 1927. In 1926, his only full season as the team's manager, the Steers won the Texas League title. He managed the Jackson Senators for the beginning part of the 1928 season and then retired from baseball to work in the Texas oil fields.

One source: Handbook of Texas Online - Snipe Conley.

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