Mickey Welch Stats

Mickey Welch was born on Monday, July 4, 1859, in Brooklyn, New York. Welch was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 1, 1880, with the Troy Trojans. 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 Mickey Welch baseball stats page.

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"I studied the hitters and I knew how to pitch to all of them. I had a pretty good fastball, but I depended chiefly on a change of pace and an assortment of curve balls." - Mickey Welch

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Birth Name:
Michael Francis Welch
Nickname:
Mickey or Smiling Mickey
Born On:
07-04-1859  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Brooklyn, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-30-1941 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Concord, New Hampshire
Cemetery:
Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-08
Player Weight Chart Weight:
160
First Game:
05-01-1880 (Age 20)
Last Game:
05-17-1892
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Mickey Welch Pitching Stats

1880 21 Trojans 65 64 1 34 30 .531 2.54 64 4 0 574.0 2,387 575 162 321 7 80 - 123 26 0 0 -
1881 22 Trojans 40 40 0 21 18 .538 2.67 40 4 0 368.0 1,534 371 109 186 7 78 - 104 11 0 0 -
1882 23 Trojans 33 33 0 14 16 .467 3.46 30 5 0 281.0 1,256 334 108 221 7 62 - 53 15 0 0 -
1883 24 Gothams 54 52 2 25 23 .521 2.73 46 4 0 426.0 1,829 431 129 271 11 66 - 144 27 0 0 -
1884 25 Gothams 65 65 1 39 21 .650 2.50 62 4 0 557.1 2,370 528 155 275 12 146 - 345 39 0 0 -
1885 26 Giants 56 55 1 44 11 .800 1.66 55 7 1 492.0 1,963 372 91 170 4 131 - 258 39 0 1 -
1886 27 Giants 59 59 0 33 22 .600 2.99 56 1 0 500.0 2,151 514 166 279 13 163 - 272 51 0 0 -
1887 28 Giants 40 40 0 22 15 .595 3.36 39 2 0 346.0 1,438 339 129 191 7 91 - 115 16 5 0 -
1888 29 Giants 47 47 0 26 19 .578 1.93 47 5 0 425.1 1,710 328 91 156 12 108 - 167 17 14 0 -
1889 30 Giants 45 41 4 27 12 .692 3.02 39 3 2 375.0 1,548 340 126 196 14 149 - 125 18 10 0 -
1890 31 Giants 37 37 0 17 14 .548 2.99 33 2 0 292.1 0 268 97 145 5 122 - 97 6 0 0 -
1891 32 Giants 22 15 6 5 9 .357 4.28 14 0 1 160.0 0 176 76 136 7 97 - 46 9 0 0 -
1892 33 Giants 1 1 0 0 0 .000 14.40 0 0 0 5.0 0 11 8 9 0 4 - 1 0 0 0 -
13 Years 564 549 15 307 210 .594 2.71 525 41 4 4,802.0 18,186 4,587 1,447 2,556 106 1,297 - 1,850 274 29 1 -

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Mickey Welch Hitting Stats

1880 21 Trojans 66 251 25 72 20 3 0 0 27 5 - 24 - - 0 - .287 .301 .390
1881 22 Trojans 40 148 12 30 10 0 0 0 11 1 - 16 - - 0 - .203 .208 .270
1882 23 Trojans 38 151 26 37 6 0 1 0 17 5 - - - - 0 - .245 .269 .305
1883 24 Gothams 84 320 42 75 13 5 2 0 30 10 - - - - 0 - .234 .258 .325
1884 25 Gothams 71 249 47 60 14 3 3 0 29 16 - 49 - - 0 - .241 .287 .357
1885 26 Giants 56 199 28 41 8 0 2 0 19 14 - - - - 0 - .206 .258 .276
1886 27 Giants 59 213 17 46 4 2 0 0 18 7 - - - - 0 - .216 .241 .254
1887 28 Giants 40 142 16 30 4 2 2 0 15 6 - 1 - - 1 - .211 .248 .268
1888 29 Giants 47 169 16 32 5 0 2 0 10 1 - 33 - - 1 - .189 .199 .254
1889 30 Giants 45 156 20 30 5 1 0 0 12 5 - 27 - - 0 - .192 .217 .237
1890 31 Giants 37 123 15 22 4 0 0 0 10 9 - 25 - - 1 - .179 .241 .211
1891 32 Giants 22 71 4 10 0 0 0 0 4 3 - 13 - - 0 - .141 .176 .141
1892 33 Giants 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 - - 0 - .333 .333 .333
13 Years 606 2,195 268 486 93 16 12 0 202 82 - 189 - - 3 - .221 .250 .295

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Mickey Welch Fielding Stats

1880 Trojans OF 2 - - 3 1.5 1 1 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .333 0.00
1880 Trojans P 65 64 1,722 142 2.2 121 35 86 21 4 n/a n/a n/a .852 1.90
1881 Trojans P 40 40 1,104 66 1.7 59 20 39 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .894 1.44
1882 Trojans OF 8 - - 6 0.8 5 5 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 0.00
1882 Trojans P 33 33 843 66 2.0 56 10 46 10 4 n/a n/a n/a .848 1.79
1883 Gothams OF 38 - - 68 1.8 51 42 9 17 2 n/a n/a n/a .750 0.00
1883 Gothams P 54 52 1,278 104 1.9 83 29 54 21 2 n/a n/a n/a .798 1.75
1884 Gothams OF 7 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1884 Gothams P 65 65 1,672 117 1.8 103 25 78 14 6 n/a n/a n/a .880 1.66
1885 Giants P 56 55 1,476 100 1.8 86 16 70 14 0 n/a n/a n/a .860 1.57
1886 Giants CF 3 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1886 Giants P 59 59 1,500 106 1.8 101 19 82 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .953 1.82
1887 Giants P 41 40 1,038 80 2.0 68 17 51 12 0 n/a n/a n/a .850 1.77
1887 Giants RF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1888 Giants P 47 47 1,276 108 2.3 91 16 75 17 1 n/a n/a n/a .843 1.93
1889 Giants P 45 41 1,125 76 1.7 72 13 59 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.73
1890 Giants P 37 37 877 57 1.5 53 10 43 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .930 1.63
1891 Giants P 22 15 480 32 1.5 28 7 21 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 1.58
1892 Giants P 1 1 15 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
P Totals 565 549 14,406 1,055 1.9 922 217 705 133 23 n/a n/a n/a .874 1.73
OF Totals 55 0 0 77 1.4 57 48 9 20 2 n/a n/a n/a .740 0.00
CF Totals 3 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
RF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
13 Years 624 549 14,406 1,132 1.8 979 265 714 153 25 n/a n/a n/a .865 1.83

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Mickey Welch Miscellaneous Stats

1880 Trojans - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.5 9.3 1.54 1.93 1.25
1881 Trojans - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.3 13.5 1.33 2.54 1.91
1882 Trojans - - - 0 0 n/a 151.0 0.0 8.9 0.85 1.70 1.99
1883 Gothams - - - 0 0 n/a 160.0 0.0 10.7 2.18 3.04 1.39
1884 Gothams - - - 0 0 n/a 83.0 5.1 8.6 2.36 5.57 2.36
1885 Giants - - - 0 0 n/a 99.5 0.0 10.5 1.97 4.72 2.40
1886 Giants 3 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 11.8 1.67 4.90 2.93
1887 Giants 2 - - 0 0 n/a 71.0 142.0 9.5 1.26 2.99 2.37
1888 Giants 4 - - 0 0 n/a 84.5 5.1 16.9 1.55 3.53 2.29
1889 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.8 13.0 0.84 3.00 3.58
1890 Giants 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.9 12.3 0.80 2.99 3.76
1891 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.5 17.8 0.47 2.59 5.46
1892 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 0.25 1.80 7.20
13 Years 10 - - 0 0 n/a 182.9 11.6 10.9 1.43 3.47 2.43

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Mickey Welch Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1880 Troy Trojans n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1881 Troy Trojans n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1882 Troy Trojans n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1883 New York Gothams n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1884 New York Gothams n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1885 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1886 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1887 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1888 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1889 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1890 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1891 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1892 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
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On August 28, 1884, Mickey Welch started the game and struck out the first batter he faced. Not significant in the slightest. But, Smiling Mickey then proceeded to strikeout the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, the sixth, the seventh, the eight, and finally the ninth batter he faced, all consecutively . No pitcher before, or since, has ever struck out as many batters from the start of a game as Welch. [ Strikeout Records ]
Mickey Welch 9-Straight Strikeouts Record Setting Box Score
Mickey Welch 9-Straight Strikeouts | The Brooklyn Union | August 29, 1884

Five years later, on August 10, 1889, Mickey Welch made a little history with his bat - in the bottom of the fifth inning, Smiling Mickey pinch hit for his injured teammate, Hank O'Day , and became the first pinch hitter in Major League history!

Mickey Welch Baseball Card
Mickey Welch Baseball Card | 1994 Conlon (#1250) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Mickey Welch wasn't selected by the Veterans Committee in 1973, for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, for either of those historic accomplishments. Smiling Mickey, despite winning 44 games once in 1885, never even led the league in wins during his career. Smiling Mickey, despite having a 1.66 ERA in 1885 and a 1.93 ERA in 1888, never once posted the best earned run average either! But he was the third player in baseball history to enter the 300 Wins Club , doing so in only thirteen seasons!
Mickey Welch Hall of Fame Plaque
Mickey Welch | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1973 ( HOF )

Did you know that Mickey Welch was the third pitcher (behind Pud Galvin & Tim Keefe ) in baseball history to join the 300 Wins Club ? On July 28, 1890, Smiling Mickey "proved a stumbling block" in front of only 200 fans, as his Giants defeated the Alleghenies 4-2. The box score:
Mickey Welch 300th Win Box Score
Mickey Welch 300th Win | The Philadelphia Inquirer | July 29, 1890

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