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Historic Tiger Baseball #15--"Wabash George" Mullin

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--Wabash George Mullin--

(1902-1913)

(click on name for statistics)

"Wabash George" Mullin was the first pitcher to throw a no-hit game for the Detroit Tigers, the first to win a World Series game, and a five-time twenty-game winner. In 1909, the right-hander ran off an 11-game winning streak early in the season to lead Detroit to their third straight pennant. That was his best season, as he won 29 games in the regular season and two more in the World Series against the Pirates. Mullin won 228 games in his 14-year career, helping himself with the bat, hitting .262 with good power. He was one of the few Tigers who had a friendly relationship with Ty Cobb.

Mullin was sort of the Mark Fidrych of his time, talking to hitters, talking to himself, and employing unusual tactics on the mound to psyche out opponents and pump himself up. He was known for walking off the mound and stalling when opposing teams mounted a rally, a ploy designed to give him time to regroup. Before Detroit moved into Navin Field in 1912, Mullin used the intricacies of Bennett Park to his advantage. With an opposing runner on third, Mullin would throw the ball over the head of catcher Boss Schmidt, who would fake an attempt to run after it, and then simply wait for the "errant" pitch to ricochet off the backstop into his glove. The surprised runner would then be tagged out at home plate.

Mullin was one of the best hitters of his era, and one of the best of all-time. In his first major league start, he collected three doubles. In his rookie season, he batted .325; in 1903 he had nine doubles and hit .278; in 1904 he had 10 doubles and hit .290; in 1909, when he won 29 games, he also drove in 17 runs in just 126 at-bats; with the Hoosiers in the Federal League in 1914, he hit .312 with 21 RBI and eight-extra-base hits in 77 at-bats. He batted .262 for his career and was used as a pinch-hitter more than 100 times, including once for Ty Cobb.

Best Season, 1909

29-8, 2.22 ERA, 29 complete games, three shutouts, 78 walks in 303+ innings pitched,

and two wins in the World Series.

No-Hit Fame

On July 4, 1912, his 32nd birthday, Mullin threw a 7-0 no-hit game against the St. Louis Browns at Navin Field, in Detroit. In addition to his pitching brilliance,

Mullin rapped out three hits and drove in a pair of runs.

Post-Season Notes

Mullin pitched brilliantly in the 1909 Series, but the Tigers came up short once again. After losing Game One, 4-1, Mullin hurled a five-hit shutout to tie the Series in Game Four. In Game Six, he survived three unearned runs in the opening inning and won 5-4. Two days later, in Game Seven, he watched as teammate Wild Bill Donovan gave up four runs in the first 3 1/3 innings. Manager Hughie Jennings called Mullin in from the bullpen and the right-hander pitched the rest of the game, allowing four earned runs, as Detroit lost their third straight World Series. For the series, Mullin was 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched.

Milestones

On May 21, 1912, in Washington, Mullin out dueled Walter Johnson to earn the

200th victory of his career, 2-0.

from thebaseballpage.com

http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/mullige01.php

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/M/Mullin_George.stm

http://thedeadballera.com/Obits/Mullin.George.Obit.html

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He batted .262 for his career and was used as a pinch-hitter more than 100 times, including once for Ty Cobb.

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Have they ever found the body of the manager who called Cobb back for a pinch hitter? :dead:

great work once again Bert! Thank you!

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Best 10 Detroit starting pitchers:

1. Hal Newhouser

2. George Mullin

3. Tommy Bridges

4. Mickey Lolich

5. Jack Morris

6. Jim Bunning

7. Denny McLain

8. Dan Petry

9. Frank Lary

10. Schoolboy Rowe

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By the way, I updated the opening picture of this thread when I found one I had missed in the Library of Congress online archives. I corrected it and it turned out quite nicely. The other one originally used is linked below.

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Before Detroit moved into Navin Field in 1912, Mullin used the intricacies of Bennett Park to his advantage. With an opposing runner on third, Mullin would throw the ball over the head of catcher Boss Schmidt, who would fake an attempt to run after it, and then simply wait for the "errant" pitch to ricochet off the backstop into his glove. The surprised runner would then be tagged out at home plate.

That's resourceful. :cool:

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IdahoBert,

These are just awesome threads. And I used to think I was the Tiger historian guy here. Just great work.

Thanks! I'm glad you like them. But I am a a thief, not a historian. I have started trying to attribute my sources at least. This is really fun,though. It's a systematic way to learn about the history of our team in quick bite-sized pieces. Having spent too much time on the internet the last few years, this suits my short attention span perfectly.:classic:

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To learn history you almost have to be a thief. Not many people from 1908 are still alive.

yeah, you are probably the only one here who was around back then.

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