Jimmy Ryan (baseball)
February 11, 1863|
Died: October 29, 1923
|October 8, 1885, for the Chicago White Stockings|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 24, 1903, for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||1,093|
|Career highlights and awards|
James Edward Ryan (February 11, 1863 – October 29, 1923), nicknamed ″Pony″, was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who played eighteen seasons between 1885 and 1903, primarily for the Chicago White Stockings/Colts/Orphans (1885–89, 1891–1900). He held the major league record for career assists by an outfielder (375) from 1900 to 1924.
A native of Clinton, Massachusetts, Ryan enjoyed his best season in 1888, leading the National League (NL) in home runs (16), hits (182), doubles (33), total bases (283) and slugging percentage (.515), and also was second in batting average (.332), runs (115) and extra base hits (59). In that season, he also hit for the cycle on July 28. Ryan also appeared in that game as a pitcher, becoming the only player in major league history to hit for the cycle and pitch in the same game. The White Stockings beat the Detroit Wolverines 21–17.
Ryan switched to the Chicago Daily News. In the clubhouse after a game, Ryan "picked a quarrel with [Beachel], and then attacked him, using him up pretty badly. No arrests have been made." In 1896, he punched a train conductor after losing his place and his teammates had gone to bed. A conductor who intervened was "called down by Mr. Ryan, who got in one upper cut before [his longtime-captain manager Cap] Anson stopped the fun," wrote Tim Murnane of the Boston Globe.
Ryan, in an article under his byline in 1905, advised against baseball as a profession, because few players last long enough in the big leagues to make money: "Baseball is not a permanent business. Look in the newspapers and you will see that a baseball player 35 years of age is considered an old man."
Ryan died in Chicago, Illinois at age 60.
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- Rosenberg, Howard W. (2006). Cap Anson 4: Bigger Than Babe Ruth: Captain Anson of Chicago. Tile Books. p. 560. , p. 268.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Cap Anson 4: Bigger Than Babe Ruth: Captain Anson of ChicagoHoward W. Rosenberg, (Arlington, Virginia: Tile Books, 2006).
- Jimmy Ryan at Find a Grave