Hugh Mulcahy

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Hugh Mulcahy
Hugh Mulcahy 1940 Play Ball card.jpeg
Born: (1913-09-09)September 9, 1913
Brighton, Massachusetts
Died: October 19, 2001(2001-10-19) (aged 88)
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 24, 1935, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
May 8, 1947, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record45–89
Earned run average4.49
Career highlights and awards

Hugh Noyes Mulcahy (September 9, 1913 – October 19, 2001) was an American pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies (1935–40 and 1945–46) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1947) of Major League Baseball. Born in Brighton, Massachusetts, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) (188 cm) and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg).

Mulcahy was named to the 1940 National League All-Star Team.

Mulcahy had the nickname of "Losing Pitcher"; he lost 20 games in 1938 and 22 in 1940 and never had a full season in the majors in which he recorded more wins than losses. He led the National League in earned runs in 1938 and 1939.

He also gained national distinction when he became the very first major leaguer to be drafted into United States military service before the U.S. entered World War II, on March 8, 1941.[1] Mulcahy ended up serving over four years.[2]

Mulcahy led the National League in games (56), walks allowed (97) and hit batsmen (7) in 1937. Despite leading the League in losses (20) and earned runs allowed (137) he finished 25th in voting for the 1938 National League Most Valuable Player award for having 10 wins, 46 games pitched in, 34 games started, 15 complete games, 8 games finished, 1 save, 267 ⅓ innings pitched, 294 hits allowed, 162 runs allowed, 14 home runs allowed, 120 walks allowed, 90 strikeouts, 6 hit batters, 5 wild pitches, 1,201 batters faced, 1 balk and a 4.61 earned run average.

He led the National League in earned runs allowed (125), wild pitches (11) and hit batsmen (11) in 1939. Then, despite leading the NL in hits allowed (283) and losses (22), he finished 29th in voting for the 1940 NL MVP. He also had 13 wins in 36 games (all starts), three shutouts, 280 innings pitched, and a 3.60 ERA.

In a nine-year MLB career, he had a 45–89 win-loss record, 220 games pitched in, 143 games started, 63 complete games, 5 shutouts, 48 games finished, 9 saves, 1,161 ⅔ innings pitched, 1,271 hits allowed, 695 runs allowed, 579 earned runs allowed, 69 home runs allowed, 487 walks allowed, 314 strikeouts, 39 hit batters, 36 wild pitches, 5,161 batters faced, 4 balks, and a 4.49 ERA.

In retirement, Mulcahy spent many years as a scout for the Chicago White Sox, and served one season (1970) as their pitching coach. He died at age 88 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bedingfield, Gary. "Baseball in World War II". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  2. ^ Rosengren, John (2013). Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes. New York, NY: New American Library. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-451-23576-3.

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Preceded by
Ray Berres
Chicago White Sox pitching coach
Succeeded by
Johnny Sain