Tommy Bond

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Thomas Henry Bond

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7½",Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tommy Bond was a tremendously effective pitcher in the 1870s, and had a ten-year major league career in total. From 1875 to 1879, his ERA was always in the top five in the league (he led the league twice), and he was also among the leaders in wins, getting to the 40-win plateau three times in the period. Based on the similarity scores method, five of the ten most similar players to Bond are in the Hall of Fame.

When he started in 1874 with the Brooklyn Atlantics of the National Association, he was only 18 on a team whose average age was 26.8. In 1877-78, when he was 21 and 22, his team won the pennant. Even in 1884, his last year, he was but 28 (although by then the teams he pitched for had average ages under 24).

Bond is one of forty major-leaguers who were born in Ireland; all are now dead. The deaths of Mike Muldoon and Patrick Horan are unknown, but the other 38 all died in the USA.

Bond coached Harvard University in 1879. After his playing days, Bond was briefly a National League umpire in 1883 and 1885; he also worked a couple of games in the American Association and one in the National Association. He later worked in the Boston assessor's office for 35 years.

Records[edit]

Bond is the only player since the 1876 founding of the National League to have three straight seasons with 40+ wins (1877-79). No-one else has had three straight with 37+ wins.

Bond was the last survivor of the inaugural season in the National League (1876).

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Pitching Triple Crown (1877)
  • 2-time NL ERA Leader (1877 & 1879)
  • 2-time NL Wins Leader (1877 & 1878)
  • NL Winning Percentage Leader (1877)
  • NL Games Pitched Leader (1878)
  • NL Innings Pitched Leader (1878)
  • 2-time NL Strikeouts Leader (1877 & 1878)
  • NL Complete Games Leader (1878)
  • 3-time NL Shutouts Leader (1877-1879)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 6 (1874 & 1876-1880)
  • 30 Wins Seasons: 4 (1876-1879)
  • 40 Wins Seasons: 3 (1877-1879)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (1874-1880 & 1884)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1874-1880)
  • 400 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1874 & 1876-1880)
  • 500 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1877-1879)

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