Tommy Leach

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Thomas William Leach

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6½", Weight 150 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tommy Leach had the first base hit ever in the World Series, a triple against the legendary Cy Young in the 1st inning of Game 1 of the 1903 World Series played in Boston. He came in to score the first World Series run on Honus Wagner's single.

Leach, although not a Hall of Famer, was a major star of his time. He played 19 years in the major leagues, many of them as a teammate of Honus Wagner, and had a Gray Ink score of 118 (144 is the average Hall of Famer score). He broke in with the Louisville Colonels in the 19th Century, at a time when Wagner was also a young player there, and came to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Wagner after the 1899 season, when the Colonels were contracted out of the National League.

As a child, Tommy was a neighbor of the Delahanty family in Cleveland, OH, having moved there from New York State, where he was born, at a young age.

Leach had a long life, living over 90 years. Although he first played major league ball in 1898, he lived long enough to see all of the career of Mickey Mantle. He scouted for the Boston Braves from 1935-1941.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL Runs Scored Leader (1909 & 1913)
  • NL Triples Leader (1902)
  • NL Home Runs Leader (1902)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1907 & 1909)
  • Won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1909

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