Peter John Noonan
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- School College of the Holy Cross
- Debut June 20, 1904
- Final Game October 6, 1907
- Born November 24, 1881 in West Stockbridge, MA USA
- Died February 11, 1965 in Great Barrington, MA USA
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.
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