Note: This page is for 1900s major league pitcher Mike O'Neill; for the minor league outfielder in the 2010s, click here
Michael Joyce O'Neill
played as Michael Joyce in 1901
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 185 lb.
- School East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University
- Debut September 20, 1901
- Final Game October 6, 1907
- Born September 7, 1877 in Maam, Ireland
- Died August 12, 1959 in Scranton, PA USA
Mike was the second oldest of the O'Neill boys, and one of two born in Ireland. He came to the majors first, however. Brother Jack broke in with the 1902 Cardinals and became a teammate of Mike's, thus creating the first MLB brother battery.
Mike had pitched in only one minor league game before coming to the Cardinals in 1901, but was successful in his first year, posting an ERA of 1.32 with a WHIP of 0.951. He pitched for three more years with the Cardinals, playing some left field as well, and came back a few years later with the 1907 Cincinnati Reds solely as a left fielder.
He had a long minor league career which didn't end until 1918, when he was 40. After his major league days, he was mostly a position player in the minors. He was a player-manager during eight of those minor league seasons, and then years later was solely a manager for two seasons. In 1910, as manager for the Elmira Colonels, he offered brother Steve his first pro contract.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1910||Elmira Colonels||New York State League||76-57||3rd|
|1912||Utica Utes||New York State League||82-57||1st League Champs|
|1913||Utica Utes||New York State League||74-65||4th|
|1914||Utica Utes||New York State League||77-55||3rd|
|1915||Syracuse Stars||New York State League||60-60||5th|
|1916||Syracuse Stars||New York State League||81-52||1st League Champs|
|1917||Syracuse Stars||New York State League||64-51||3rd|
|1918||Shreveport Gassers||Texas League||35-53||6th||League suspended operations July 7|
|1928||Syracuse Stars||New York-Penn League||67-74||6th|
|1929||Scranton Miners||New York-Penn League||64-75||6th|