Harry McIntire

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John Reid McIntire

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Harry McIntire pitched nine years in the major leagues, primarily as a starter. He typically had an ERA that was a bit worse than the league average, and his career record was 71-117.

As a rookie he went 8-25, but his team, the 1905 Superbas, went 48-104. He had been purchased in 1904 from Memphis.

McIntire pitched 10 2/3 innings of no-hit ball on August 1, 1906, before Claude Ritchey singled. McIntire lost the game 1-0 in the thirteenth inning. Source: SABR Biography of Claude Ritchey.

In 1910 he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, and his win-loss percentages improved. He pitched in two games in the 1910 World Series.

He finished out his major league career with one game for the 1913 Reds, a team managed by his former teammate Joe Tinker.

One observer crunched some numbers and chose McIntire as one of the "meanest pitchers" in baseball history. The theory was that a pitcher who hits a lot of batsmen is aggressive, and if that pitcher also has few wild pitches, it is possible that pitcher was hitting the batsmen on purpose. McIntire ranks # 2 on this list, with 96 hit batsmen compared with 14 wild pitches. Meanest pitcher in baseball

1908-09 postcard of Harry McIntire

1911 baseball card of Harry McIntire

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