Jiggs Donahue Stats

Jiggs Donahue was born on Sunday, July 13, 1879, in Springfield, Ohio. Donahue was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 10, 1900, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jiggs Donahue baseball stats page.

"Donahue began his baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher. From St. Louis he went to Milwaukee were he played first base and later to the White Sox. His wonderful fielding is said to have enabled the White Sox to win the world championship in 1906. He was sold to Washington in 1909, but failed to make good there. He later returned to Chicago, where he ran bowling alleys. He was sent to the State Hospital in this city a year ago. Domestic trouble is said to have undermined his health." - New York Times (07/20/1913, 'Jiggs Donahue Dead. Former Player of Chicago White Sox a Victim of Paresis')
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Birth Name:
John Augustus Donahue
Nickname:
Jiggs or Jiggers
Born On:
07-13-1879  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Springfield, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-19-1913 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Columbus, Ohio
Cemetery:
Calvary Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
178
First Game:
09-10-1900 (Age 21)
Last Game:
10-02-1909
Draft:
Not Applicable
Jiggs Donahue

Jiggs Donahue Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Jiggs Donahue

Jiggs Donahue Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1900 21 Pirates 3 10 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 0 - 1 0 - 0 - .200 .200 .400
1901 22 Pirates 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - .000 .000 .000
1901 22 Brewers 37 107 10 34 5 4 0 0 16 10 - 3 1 - 2 - .318 .387 .439
1902 23 Browns 30 89 11 21 1 1 1 0 7 12 - 8 2 - 0 - .236 .327 .303
1904 25 White Sox 102 367 46 91 9 7 1 0 48 25 - 26 13 - 1 - .248 .298 .319
1905 26 White Sox 149 533 71 153 22 4 1 0 76 44 - 35 27 - 4 - .287 .346 .349
1906 27 White Sox 154 556 70 143 17 7 1 0 57 48 - 25 36 - 3 - .257 .320 .318
1907 28 White Sox 157 609 75 158 16 4 0 0 68 28 - 33 15 - 3 - .259 .295 .299
1908 29 White Sox 93 304 22 62 8 2 0 0 22 25 - 30 8 - 3 - .204 .271 .243
1909 30 White Sox 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 - 0 0 - 0 - .000 .200 .000
1909 30 Senators 84 283 13 67 12 1 0 0 28 22 - 17 14 - 1 - .237 .294 .286
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
9 Years 814 2,865 319 731 90 31 4 0 327 215 - 178 116 - 17 - .255 .311 .312
Jiggs Donahue

Jiggs Donahue Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1900 Pirates C 2 - - 9 4.5 8 7 1 1 0 2 - - .889 0.00
1900 Pirates RF 1 - - 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1901 Pirates C 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - - .000 0.00
1901 Pirates LF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1901 Brewers 1B 13 - - 129 9.9 119 113 6 10 8 n/a n/a n/a .922 0.00
1901 Brewers C 19 - - 104 5.5 97 73 24 7 0 4 - - .933 0.00
1902 Browns 1B 5 - - 41 8.2 38 38 0 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .927 0.00
1902 Browns C 23 - - 114 5.0 109 80 29 5 2 10 - - .956 0.00
1904 White Sox 1B 101 - - 1,177 11.7 1,152 1,067 85 25 49 n/a n/a n/a .979 0.00
1905 White Sox 1B 149 - - 1,780 11.9 1,759 1,645 114 21 77 n/a n/a n/a .988 0.00
1906 White Sox 1B 154 - - 1,837 11.9 1,815 1,697 118 22 62 n/a n/a n/a .988 0.00
1907 White Sox 1B 157 - - 1,998 12.7 1,986 1,846 140 12 78 n/a n/a n/a .994 0.00
1908 White Sox 1B 83 - - 1,031 12.4 1,025 968 57 6 30 n/a n/a n/a .994 0.00
1909 White Sox 1B 2 - - 11 5.5 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1909 Senators 1B 81 - - 815 10.1 802 766 36 13 28 n/a n/a n/a .984 0.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1B Totals 745 0 0 8,819 11.8 8,707 8,151 556 112 336 n/a n/a n/a .987 0.00
C Totals 45 0 0 227 5.0 214 160 54 13 2 17 n/a n/a .943 0.00
RF Totals 1 0 0 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
LF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
9 Years 792 - - 9,047 11.4 8,922 8,312 610 125 338 17 n/a n/a .986 0.00
Jiggs Donahue

Jiggs Donahue Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1900 Pirates 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.0 3.3 - - -
1901 Pirates 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1901 Brewers 4 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 35.7 6.7 - - -
1902 Browns 2 - - 0 0 n/a 89.0 11.1 12.7 - - -
1904 White Sox 18 - - 0 0 n/a 367.0 14.1 7.6 - - -
1905 White Sox 32 - - 0 0 n/a 533.0 15.2 7.0 - - -
1906 White Sox 36 - - 0 0 n/a 556.0 22.2 9.8 - - -
1907 White Sox 27 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 18.5 9.0 - - -
1908 White Sox 14 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.1 13.8 - - -
1909 White Sox 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 2.0 - - -
1909 Senators 9 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 16.6 10.1 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
9 Years 143 - - 0 0 n/a 716.3 16.1 8.8 - - -
Jiggs Donahue

Jiggs Donahue Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1900 Pittsburgh Pirates n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1901 Pittsburgh Pirates n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1901 Milwaukee Brewers n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1902 St. Louis Browns n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1904 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1905 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1906 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1907 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1908 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1909 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1909 Washington Senators n/a Undetermined n/a -


Did you know that Jiggs Donahue had helminthophobia - a fear of worms? Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following "historical" baseball article about Jiggs Donahue:

Jiggers Donohue has a terror of all sorts of snakes, toads and bugs, and this terror came near costing Chicago a victory over Washington this season, says Hugh Fullerton. Jiggers suffers when he sees a worm, and he would as soon think of killing Comiskey as he would of taking the life of any living thing. Joe Cantillon knew this, and when the Senators opened in Chicago this season Cantillon spent the early afternoon digging fishing worms, grubs, and the like, and he arrived at the White Sox park with a couple of cans filled with them.

Joe waited several innings and then, with one of the Senators on first, he began sprinkling worms around the sack. Jiggers did not notice it for a minute, and, indeed, not until the Washington player ran off the bag to draw the throw. The ball came low, and just as he stooped to catch it, Jiggers saw the ground covered with worms; he let out a yell and jumped a foot in the air. He managed to block the ball, however, and sent a hurry up call for John to sweep the ground around the base.

All through the game Cantillon and his men sprinkled worms and bugs around Jiggers, and keep him in a state of terror, but with the aid of the broom he managed to frustrate his tormentors and escape without an error, and the following day he appealed to the umpires to make the Senators quit.

Source: The Milwaukee Journal. June 17, 1907. Page 25.

Jiggs Donahue Baseball Card
Jiggs Donahue | 1911 Piedmont Gold Border Baseball Card (#25) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Being left-handed in baseball, except in rare cases, means exclusion from the position of catcher. This is due in large part to the game's counterclockwise flow. There have only been 28 left-handed throwing players who caught in at least 1 defensive inning. Did you know that Jiggs Donahue is one of those rare left-handed catchers? Did you know that Jiggs' brother, Pat Donahue , was also a catcher, a right-handed backstop (1908-1910) who caught 107 games?

Left Handed Catchers

Name Games Caught Fielding %
Jack Clements 1,073 .973
Sam Trott 272 .906
Pop Tate 202 .905
Sy Sutcliffe 186 .887
Bill Harbridge 128 .855
Mike Hines 99 .896
John Humphries 75 .876
Fred Tenney 71 .936
Art Twineham 52 .936
Phil Baker 50 .911
Jiggs Donahue 45 .943
Dave Oldfield 35 .857
Charlie Householder 34 .895
Fergy Malone 21 .780
Jack McMahon 16 .900
Charlie Krehmeyer 12 .864
Joe Wall 7 .903
Benny Distefano 3 1.000
Homer Hillebrand 3 .899
Jim Egan 2 1.000
Dale Long 2 1.000
Mike Squires 2 1.000
Charlie Eden 1 1.000
John Cassidy 1 1.000
John Mullen 1 .714
Lefty Marr 1 .000
Martin Powell 1 .000
Billy Redmond 1 .000

Jiggs Donahue's defensive skills were key to the White Sox 1906 World Series championship team, and he led A.L. first basemen in fielding percentage, assists, and putouts for three straight seasons, from 1905 to 1907. In 1907, Donahue had 1,846 putouts & 12.65 chances accepted per game, both are still Major League records for first baseman. [ Putout Records at First Base ]
Jiggs Donahue 21 Putouts at First Base Game
Jiggs Donahue (21 Putouts Game) | The Inter Ocean | June 1, 1908 | Page 9

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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