Thomas Anthony Flanigan
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 175 lb.
Before the 1952 season, Tom Flanigan was signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago White Sox. The Sox assigned him to the Madisonville Miners of the class D Kitty League and the 17-year-old lefthander went 9-5 with a 2.48 ERA. He was with the class B Waterloo White Hawks in 1953, winning 7 and losing 4 with a 4.06 ERA.
Flanigan made his major league debut with the White Sox in 1954, with two scoreless innings of relief work in a couple of games. He spent the remainder of the year with the AA Memphis Chickasaws where he went 4-5 with a 3.62 ERA.
Tom was sent back to the minors and would spent the next two seasons (1955-1956) back with the Memphis Chickasaws, going 12-8 in 1955 and 9-5 in 1956. 1957 found him with the AAA Indianapolis Indians where he appeared in 50 outings and came up with 9 wins and 7 losses with a 4.25 ERA. On December 2, 1957 Flanigan was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals from the White Sox in the 1957 Rule V draft.
Tom made one brief appearance out of the Cardinals' bullpen in 1958 with no decisions and ended his major league career with no decisions and a 3.38 ERA. He was sent back to Indianapolis where he went 5-11 when an injury to his pitching arm ended his career. Tom was just 23 years old.
Flanigan had spent seven years in pro baseball (1952-1958) and had appeared in 246 games, winning 55 and losing 45 with a 3.71 ERA.
After several years in the insurance business, Tom who lived in Covington, KY became a sales representative for a building supplies company.