Joe Battin

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Joseph V. Battin

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 169 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Joe Battin was a good-fielding infielder (third base and second base) who did not have much of a bat - except 1876, the first year of the National League, when he hit .300 and was in the top 10 in the league in RBI.

Joe started in the National Association, and also played in the NL, American Association and the Union Association. He managed, briefly, in each of the last two leagues. When he played at age 22 for the St. Louis Brown Stockings in 1875, he and the 39-year-old Dickey Pearce formed the double-play combination; Pearce was also manager. A Wikipedia article [1] claims that he was identified by gamblers as someone willing to lose a game (see August 25, 1877), although there is no more information given. Battin did not play in the National League after 1877.

After his playing days he was a manager and an umpire, and recommended the young Bill Dahlen to the Chicago Colts. [2] Battin was one of five managers of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1884 and managed Waterbury in the Eastern League in 1886.

In the first voting for the Hall of Fame, Battin received one vote. He died a year later at the age of 84.

Preceded by
Ormond Butler
Pittsburgh Alleghenys Manager
Succeeded by
Denny McKnight
Preceded by
Bob Ferguson
Pittsburgh Alleghenys Manager
Succeeded by
George Creamer

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1883 Pittsburgh Alleghenys American Association 2-11 7th replaced Ormond Butler
1884 Chicago/Pittsburgh Union Association 1-5 -- replaced Ed Hengel replaced by Joe Ellick
Pittsburgh Alleghenys American Association 6-7 -- replaced Bob Ferguson, replaced by George Creamer
1885 Cleveland Forest Citys Western League -- replaced Tim Lawrence in May
replaced by Doc Kennedy in May

Chicago/Pittsburgh (Union Association)

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