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Thomas William Leach

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6½", Weight 150 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Tommy Leach had the first base hit ever in the World Series, a triple against the legendary Cy Young in the 1st inning of Game 1 of the 1903 World Series played in Boston. He came in to score the first World Series run on Honus Wagner's single.

Leach, although not a Hall of Famer, was a major star of his time. He played 19 years in the major leagues, many of them as a teammate of Honus Wagner, and had a Gray Ink score of 118 (144 is the average Hall of Famer score). He broke in with the Louisville Colonels in the 19th Century, at a time when Wagner was also a young player there, and came to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Wagner after the 1899 season, when the Colonels were contracted out of the National League.

As a child, Tommy was a neighbor of the Delahanty family in Cleveland, OH, having moved there from New York State, where he was born, at a young age.

Leach had a long life, living over 90 years. Although he first played major league ball in 1898, he lived long enough to see all of the career of Mickey Mantle.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL Runs Scored Leader (1909 & 1913)
  • NL Triples Leader (1902)
  • NL Home Runs Leader (1902)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1907 & 1909)
  • Won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1909

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