Michael P. Hines
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 176 lb.
- Debut May 1, 1883
- Final Game August 18, 1888
- Born September, 1862 in Ireland
- Died March 14, 1910 in Taunton, MA USA
"One of the later generation of base ball goers wanted to know if there ever had been a left-handed catcher. There were three of considerable note, Mike Hines, Sam Trott and John Clements. Hines in the early 80's caught Jim Whitney, a pitcher of great speed." - Sporting Life, April 29, 1911
Mike continued to play in the minors, mostly in the Northeast and the South, as late as 1895.
In August 1883 Hines started a triple play under unusual circumstances: the pitcher tried to catch a pop-up but dropped it, with Hines catching it before it hit the ground. The runners apparently thought it had hit the ground, and a triple play resulted.
He caused a controversy in August 1884 when, with the bases loaded, as catcher he (apparently intentionally) dropped a called third strike, stepped on home plate to force out the runner from third, and then threw out the batter at first to get a double play to end the inning. Detroit, the opposing team, was incensed and refused to continue the game. The rules have since been changed to disallow a double play of that sort. Source: SABR biography of Frank Cox.
Hines was a left-handed catcher. Born in Ireland, he came to the majors at a time when Irish-born players were breaking in at the rate of one or two each year.