Bill McGunnigle

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William Henry McGunnigle

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 155 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill McGunnigle was an outfielder and pitcher for two years in the major leagues and then managed in the majors for five years. His 1889 Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the American Association and his 1890 Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the National League each won the pennant under his direction. He also played and managed for years in the minor leagues.

He had many nicknames, including "Gunner", "Billy", "Cap", and "Mack".

Born in Boston, MA, he grew up in Avon where he worked in shoe factories. He started playing baseball with the Howard Juniors from Brockton in the Massachusetts League. From 1875-77 he played each year in Falls River, playing most positions. Later, he played for Saginaw in 1883, pitching and playing right field, and serving as captain. In 1884 he played for Bay City and was a catcher for John Clarkson. he also umpired one game in the fledgling Union Association that year.

He was back in Brockton in 1885 and 1886, managing both years - in the latter year, the team was in the New England League. In 1887 he played and managed for the Lowell Browns. After his major league managing, he managed the 1891 Providence Clamdiggers, 1892 Brockton club and guided Lowell/Manchester/Boston in the 1893 New England League.

It is said that he was involved with polo in 1895 and 1895. In 1896 he managed the Louisville Colonels most of the season.

In 1897 he was hurt in an accident when the carriage he was riding in was hit by an electric street car. It became the subject of a lawsuit.

He died in 1899, of a long illness. He had been running a store in Brockton but close to the end was unable to continue the business. His obituary appeared in Sporting Life on March 18, 1899.

He wore side whiskers in the 1880s.

Preceded by
Charlie Byrne
Brooklyn Bridegrooms Manager
Succeeded by
John Ward
Preceded by
Ned Hanlon
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Al Buckenberger

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Notes
1880 Buffalo Bisons National League 4-8 -- Replaced by Sam Crane on May 25
1885 Brockton New England League? Non-Signatory League
1886 Brockton New England League -- replaced by Jim Cudworth
1887 Lowell Browns New England League 71-33 1st League Champs
1888 Brooklyn Bridegrooms American Association 88-52 2nd
1889 Brooklyn Bridegrooms American Association 93-44 1st League Champs
1890 Brooklyn Bridegrooms National League 86-43 1st League Champs
1891 Providence Clamdiggers Eastern Association 29-54 -- Team disbanded August 13
Pittsburgh Pirates National League 24-33 8th replaced Ned Hanlon (31-47)
1892 Brockton New England League 46-45 4th
1893 Lowell/Manchester/Boston Reds New England League -- replaced by Thomas O'Brien
1896 Louisville Colonels National League 36-76 12th replaced John McCloskey (2-17)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Ronald G. Shafer: When the Dodgers Were Bridegrooms: Gunner McGunnigle and Brooklyn's Back-to-Back Pennants of 1889 and 1890, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2011.

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