Mike Loan

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Mike Loan
Catcher
Born: September 27, 1894
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: November 12, 1966(1966-11-12) (aged 72)
Springfield, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1912, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1912, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.500
Hits1
Runs scored1
Teams

William Joseph "Mike" Loan (September 27, 1894 – November 12, 1966) was a Major League Baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was officially listed as standing 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and weighing 185 pounds (84 kg).[1]

Early life[edit]

Mike Loan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 27, 1894. He was a student-athlete at Villanova University, 1 of 49 from the school to play in Major League Baseball.[2]

Baseball career[edit]

Loan got a "cup of coffee" with the Philadelphia Phillies in September 1912, appearing in a single game. He was the National League's second-youngest player that season, behind Frank O'Rourke of the Boston Braves.[3] He was one of six players to appear at catcher for the Phillies in 1912, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate.[4] Appearing in the majors for the only time at age 17,[5] he played against the St. Louis Cardinals,[6] recording one hit, a single, in two at-bats, for a career batting average of .500.[7] He also scored a run in his only game.[7]

Loan later appeared in the minors, a member of the Eastern League's Bridgeport Americans. In 1919, he batted .149 with 11 hits in 74 at-bats over 28 games. Two of his hits went for extra bases: one double and one triple. He slugged .189 and collected 14 total bases. In the field, he had the Americans' second-most appearances at catcher (Bill Skiff) and made 84 putouts, 24 assists and 1 error, amassing a .991 fielding percentage.[8]

After baseball[edit]

Loan died on November 12, 1966, in Springfield, Pennsylvania, at the age of 72. He was interred at Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Loan". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Villanova University Wildcats (Villanova, PA)". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  3. ^ "1912 National League Awards, All-Stars and Other Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "1912 Philadelphia Phillies". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "Events of Wednesday, September 18, 1912". Retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "The 1912 Philadelphia Phillies Regular Season Game Log". Retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "Mike Loan Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  8. ^ "1919 Bridgeport Americans". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 17, 2011.

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