Tom Carey (careyto01)
Thomas Joseph Carey
born J. J. Norton
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 145 lb.
- Debut May 4, 1871
- Final Game September 29, 1879
- Born November 2, 1846 in Brooklyn, NY USA
- Died August 16, 1906 in San Francisco, CA USA
Tom Carey had the first put-out in a major league baseball league. In the opener of the 1871 National Association, 2B Carey caught a liner by Gene Kimball and then completed the unassisted double play by tagging out baserunner Deacon White. He was playing for the Fort Wayne Kekiongas against the Cleveland Forest Citys.
Carey had previously played for the amateur Baltimore Marylands.
Biographical information listed for Tom Carey in earlier baseball encyclopedias has proven to be false. While he was born in the New York City area, he was likely three years older than his original listed birthday of 1849. It is known that he was a Civil War veteran who moved from Brooklyn, NY to California in 1869 and was a soldier in San Francisco, CA's Presidio garrison at that time. He returned to California after his playing career and died in San Francisco in 1906.
- "Tom Carey", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, September/October, 2006, p. 2.