Tommy Bond (baseball)

Tommy Bond (baseball)

Tommy Bond
Pitcher/Right fielder
Born: (1856-04-02)April 2, 1856
Granard, Ireland
Died: January 24, 1941(1941-01-24) (aged 84)
Boston, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 5, 1874 for the Brooklyn Atlantics
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1884 for the Indianapolis Hoosiers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 234–163
Earned run average 2.31
Strikeouts 879
Complete games 386

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
  • Won National League pitching triple crown in 1877

Thomas Henry Bond (April 2, 1856 – January 24, 1941) was a Major League Baseball player who was a pitcher and a right fielder a total of ten seasons. A native of Granard, Ireland, he is the first man born in Ireland to play Major League Baseball. Bond was also the last survivor of the National League's first season (1876). Bond played for six teams during his career: the Brooklyn Atlantics (1874), Hartford Dark Blues (1875–1876), Boston Red Caps (1877–1881), Worcester Ruby Legs (1882), Boston Reds (1884), and Indianapolis Hoosiers (1884). He also managed the Worcester team for six games.

During his 10-season career, he was a three-time 40-game winner, played for two National League pennant-winning clubs, and regularly finished in the top ten in many pitching categories. In 1877, he was the first winner of baseball's pitching triple crown, leading the NL in wins (40), earned run average (2.11), and strikeouts (170). His career statistics include a record of 234-163, 386 complete games in 408 starts, 42 shutouts, and an ERA of 2.31. Bond also played 92 games in the outfield, a few more in the infield, and batted .238 with 174 RBI and 213 runs scored. Bond is the all-time baseball leader in strikeouts per walks, at a 4.44 ratio, for pitchers who threw a minimum 1000 innings.[1]

Bond died the age of 84 in Boston, Massachusetts, and is interred at Forest Hills Cemetery.[2]


  • Honors 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In the Irish Baseball League, the annual award for the best pitcher is named "The 'Tommy Bond' Best Pitcher Award."

See also


  1. ^ "Career Leaderboards". FanGraphs. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Tommy Bond's career statistics". Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
First Triple Crown Winner
National League Pitching Triple Crown
Succeeded by
Charlie Radbourn