Pete Noonan

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Peter John Noonan

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Pete Noonan played 162 games in the majors, split among three different teams during the dead-ball era. He also played nine years in the minors, much of that time with the Wilkes-Barre Barons.

Pete was at the College of the Holy Cross during 1900-04. Seven other major leaguers were at the college during part or all of that time. Pete then made his major league debut in June of 1904, but spent 1905 in the minors,

It was an honor for Pete to be chosen to catch for the 1904 Athletics because the manager was long-time catcher Connie Mack. Pete also played some first base for all his major league teams, except that he was solely a catcher in the second year he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. That year, with the 1907 Cardinals, he played only catcher while he played the most games he would play in any one season - probably because his hitting was better than the other two years. Pete caught almost as many games that year as did the regular, Doc Marshall.

He served as an umpire for one National League game in both 1906 and 1907. After his major league days, Noonan managed the 1915 Wilkes-Barre Barons to 6th place in the New York State League.

The next Noonan to come to the majors was Nick Noonan, over 100 years after Pete.

"Harry Davis sprained an ankle and Noonan, the new catcher, split a finger." - Sporting Life's comment on the June 20, 1904 game which was Noonan's major league debut, showing that breaking into the majors isn't all glamour

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