Dick Mulligan

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Richard Charles Mulligan

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Pennsylvania native Dick Mulligan spent five active seasons in professional baseball from 1939 to 1948. Dick made his debut in the Major Leagues with the Washington Senators on September 24, 1941 and spent time with both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Braves in 1946, finishing up his Major League Career with the Braves in 1947. Mulligan ended these partial three years of his time in the Show with a 3-3 record and a 4.44 ERA while pitching 81 innings in 25 appearances.

Mulligan also had five partial seasons in the minor leagues in this 1939 to 1948 time span. Dick put together 48 wins and 41 losses with a 3.23 ERA while pitching 781 innings in 143 games. He pitched in every class league there was at this time, with seven teams in six leagues. Dick's best numbers came early, in 1940, when he went 16-8 with a 2.25 ERA for the Federalsburg A's of the class D Eastern Shore League.

Dick Mulligan pitched for the semi-pro Victoria Rosebuds in the Guadalupe Valley League in 1949 and 1950. In 1949 he had a 22-3 record, 264 strikeouts, 1.21 ERA, and was named the league's MVP. In 1950 he had a 14-8 record overall, and in league play he had a 5-1 record with 72 strikeouts in 54 innings and 13 runs allowed. He was again named MVP. He became manager of the Rosebuds in 1951. In 1952 he was 7-6, with 116 strikeouts and a 2.46 ERA in 116 1/3 innings. He pitched in 1953, 1954, 1955 but I don't know his final statistics. In 1956 he pitched one last inning for the Rosebuds, in an exhibition game against a Big League Stars team.

Mulligan served four years (1942-1945) in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. After baseball, he was district manager for Houston American Life Insurance in Victoria, TX. He also sold sporting goods there and worked three years for a local radio station. Mulligan died at his home in Victoria on December 15, 1992. He was 74 years of age.

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