Steve O'Neill

Stephen Francis O'Neill (July 6, 1891 – January 26, 1962) was an American professional baseball player and manager.[1] He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher, most notably with the Cleveland Indians. As a manager, he led the 1945 Detroit Tigers to the World Series championship,

Steve O'Neill
1921 Steve O'Neill.jpeg
Catcher / Manager
Born: July 6, 1891
Minooka, Pennsylvania
Died: January 26, 1962 (aged 70)
Cleveland, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1911, for the Cleveland Naps
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1928, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs13
Runs batted in537
Managerial record1,040–821
Winning %.559
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Baseball career

O'Neill was born in Minooka, Pennsylvania (now a part of Scranton), to Irish immigrants from Maum, County Galway, Michael "Squire" O'Neill and the former Mary Joyce. He was one of four brothers who escaped a life in the coal mines by playing in the major leagues.[2] Other notable members of the O'Neill family were Jack, a catcher in the National League (1902–06); Mike, a right-handed pitcher in the NL (1901–04, 1907);[2] and Jim, an infielder with the American League Washington Senators (1920, 1923). Baseball historian William C. Kashatus noted that Michael and Jack "would become the first brother battery in major league history".[2] The O'Neill brothers "were known to exchange their signals in Gaelic in order to fool the opposing coaches".[2]

Later, two of Steve O'Neill's daughters married professional baseball players, one of whom was Skeeter Webb, who played under O'Neill in the minor leagues in 1939 and again from 1945–47, when O'Neill piloted the Tigers.

Steve had by far the most successful playing career of the O'Neill brothers, serving as a catcher for 17 years in the American League.[3] He played with the Cleveland Indians (1911–23), Boston Red Sox (1924), New York Yankees (1925), and St. Louis Browns (1927–28). His playing career curtailed by an injury sustained in a car accident, O'Neill compiled a batting average of .263 in 1,586 games, and, in his only World Series appearance in 1920, hit .333 in seven games as the backstop for the world champion Indians.[4]

When his playing career ended, O'Neill turned to managing in the minors and gained a reputation for cultivating talented young players, some of whom went on to become Hall of Famers.[5] He managed the Toronto Maple Leafs (1929–31), Toledo Mud Hens (1933–34), Buffalo Bisons (1938–40) and Beaumont Exporters (1942).

As a big league manager with four teams—the Indians (1935–37), Tigers (1943–48), Red Sox (1950–51) and Philadelphia Phillies (1952–54)—O'Neill never had a losing record.[5] His Tigers won the 1945 World Series (when they defeated the Chicago Cubs in the Cubs' last Fall Classic appearance until 2016) and O'Neill was known for turning around under-performing teams, often in mid-season.[5] His career winning percentage over 14 seasons was a stalwart .559 (1,040 victories against 821 lost). He also served as a coach for Cleveland (part of 1935 and all of 1949), Detroit (1941) and Boston (part of 1950).[6] Legendary players who benefited from O'Neill's guidance included Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller, Hal Newhouser, and Robin Roberts.[5] O'Neill was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. He was also an inaugural member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

O'Neill died at age 70 in Cleveland, Ohio, after suffering a heart attack, and is interred in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Minooka.[7]

Managerial record

Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
Cleveland Indians 1935 1937 367 199 168 .542 DNQ
Detroit Tigers 1943 1948 923 509 414 .551 7 4 3 .571
Boston Red Sox 1950 1951 249 150 99 .602 DNQ
Philadelphia Phillies 1952 1954 322 182 140 .565 DNQ
Total 1861 1040 821 .559 7 4 3 .571

See also


  1. ^ "Steve O'Neill statistics". Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Kashatus (2002), p. 14.
  3. ^ Kashatus (2002), pp. 101–103.
  4. ^ Kashatus (2002), p. 101.
  5. ^ a b c d Kashatus (2002), p. 103.
  6. ^ a b "Steve O'Neill". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ex-Manager Steve O'Neill Succumbs," Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, PA, January 27, 1962.


  • Kashatus, William C. (2002). Diamonds in the Coalfields: 21 Remarkable Baseball Players, Managers, and Umpires from Northeast Pennsylvania. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-1176-4.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kiki Cuyler
Boston Red Sox third-base coach
Succeeded by
Eddie Mayo
1912 Cleveland Naps season

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1924 Boston Red Sox season

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1935 Cleveland Indians season

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1936 Cleveland Indians season

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1937 Cleveland Indians season

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1943 Detroit Tigers season

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1948 Detroit Tigers season

The 1948 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 78–76, 18½ games behind the Cleveland Indians.

1950 Boston Red Sox season

The 1950 Boston Red Sox season was the 50th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League (AL) with a record of 94 wins and 60 losses, four games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees. The team scored 1,027 runs, one of only six teams to score more than 1,000 runs in a season in the modern era (post-1900), and, along with the 1999 Cleveland Indians, are one of two teams to do so post-World War II. This was the last time that the Red Sox would win at least 90 games until their return to the World Series in 1967. The 1950 Red Sox compiled a .302 batting average, and are the last major league team to record a .300 team batting average.

1951 Boston Red Sox season

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Joe Connolly (1920s outfielder)

Joseph George Connolly [Coaster Joe] (June 27, 1894 – March 30, 1960) was a backup outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for three clubs from 1921 through 1924. Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 170 lb, Connolly batted and threw right-handed. He was born in San Francisco, California.

Connolly reached the majors in 1921 with the New York Giants, spending part of the year with them before moving to the Cleveland Indians in 1921. Before the 1924 season, he was sent by Cleveland along with Dan Boone, Steve O'Neill, and Bill Wambsganss to the Boston Red Sox in the same transaction that brought George Burns, Roxy Walters, and Chick Fewster to the Indians. His most productive season came in 1923 with Cleveland, when he hit .303 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 52 games, all career-highs.

In a four-season career, Connolly was a .268 hitter (45-for-168) with three home runs and 32 RBI in 80 games, including 32 runs, 12 doubles, two triples, two stolen bases, and a .349 on-base percentage.

Connolly died in his homeland of San Francisco, California at the age of 65.

Les Mueller

Leslie Clyde Mueller (March 4, 1919 – October 25, 2012) was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers in 1941 and 1945. He was born in Belleville, Illinois.

In 1940, Mueller played for the Beaumont Exporters in the Texas League and threw a no-hitter on August 22, 1940 against Dallas. The following year, Mueller reached the big leagues, pitching four games for the Detroit Tigers. He enlisted in the Army after the United States entered World War II and missed the next three seasons. After a physical revealed that he had a hernia, Mueller received a medical discharge in late 1944.

Mueller rejoined the Tigers for the 1945 season, going 6-8 in 26 games, including 18 games as a starter.

On April 17, 1945, Mueller faced Pete Gray, the St. Louis Browns' famous one-armed outfielder, in Gray's first major league game. Gray got his first major league hit off Mueller, the first of 51 hits for Gray in 1945.

On July 21, 1945, Mueller put in one of the greatest pitching performances in major league history. Mueller pitched the first 19-2/3 innings for the Tigers and left having given up only one unearned run. No pitcher has thrown as many innings in a major league game since Mueller's feat. The game lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes before umpire Bill Summers called the game a tie due to darkness at 7:48 p.m.

When Tigers manager Steve O'Neill removed Mueller, the pitcher asked, "Gee, Steve, the game isn't over, is it?"Mueller also pitched two scoreless innings in Game 1 of the 1945 World Series.

Mueller was sent to the minors in 1946 and finished his career pitching in Buffalo, Newark, and Kansas City.

After his baseball career ended, Mueller returned to Belleville, Illinois, where he worked in the family's furniture store until he retired in 1974.

List of Cleveland Indians owners and executives


List of Detroit Tigers managers

The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers are members of the American League Central Division in Major League Baseball. In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager, or more formally, the field manager. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. The team initially began in the now defunct Western League in 1894, and later became one of the American League's eight charter franchises in 1901. Since the inception of the team in 1894, it has employed 47 different managers. The Tigers' current manager is Ron Gardenhire, who was hired for the 2018 season.The franchise's first manager after the team's arrival in the American League was George Stallings, who managed the team for one season. Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings, who managed the team from 1907 to 1920, led the team to three American League championships. Jennings however was unable to win the World Series, losing to the Chicago Cubs in 1907 and 1908 and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1909. The Detroit Tigers did not win their first World Series until 1935 under the leadership of player-manager Mickey Cochrane. Steve O'Neill later led the Tigers to another World Series victory again in 1945. The Tigers would not win another World Series until 1968 World Series when the Tigers, led by Mayo Smith, defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. Sparky Anderson's 1984 Detroit Tigers team was the franchise's last World Series victory, and marked the first time in Major League Baseball history that a manager won the World Series in both leagues. In total, the Tigers have won the American League pennant 10 times, and the World Series 4 times.

The longest tenured Tiger manager was Sparky Anderson. Anderson managed the team for 2,579 games from 1979 to 1995. Hughie Jennings, Bucky Harris and Jim Leyland are the only other Detroit Tiger managers who have managed the team for more than 1,000 games. Anderson's 1331 wins and 1248 losses also lead all Tiger managers, while Cochrane's winning percentage of .582 is the highest of any Tiger manager who has managed at least one full-season. Seven Hall of Famers have managed the Tigers: Ed Barrow, Jennings, Ty Cobb, Cochrane, Joe Gordon, Bucky Harris and Anderson. Barrow was elected as an executive, Jennings and Anderson were elected as managers; the others were elected as players.

Maje McDonnell

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After working for the Ballantine Brewery and coaching at the high school and college level in the Philadelphia area, he returned to the Phillies in 1973, serving as a "ticket seller, tour guide, Phantasy Camp instructor, and the organization's face and voice in the community." He was thus part of Phillie teams that won NL pennants in 1980, 1983, 1993 and 2008, and its 1980 and 2008 world champions.

Steve O'Neill (disambiguation)

Steve O'Neill (1891–1962) was an American baseball catcher.

Steve O'Neill may also refer to:

Steve O'Neill (owner) (1899–1983), American businessman and baseball team owner

Steve O'Neill (rugby league), English former rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 1990s and 2000s

Steve O'Neill (owner)

Francis J. "Steve" O'Neill (September 18, 1899 – August 29, 1983) was the principal owner of the Cleveland Indians of the American League from 1978 through 1983. In 1978, O'Neill purchased the Indians from the ownership group headed by Ted Bonda. After his death, O'Neill's estate owned the team until Richard Jacobs purchased the Indians in 1986.

O'Neill was a lifelong resident of Cleveland. His family made its fortune in the trucking business. He bought a minority interest in the Indians in 1961, and was a limited partner during the tenures of William R. Daley, Gabe Paul and Vernon Stouffer. In 1973, however, he sold his Indians interest to become a limited partner in George Steinbrenner's syndicate that bought the New York Yankees. Five years later, he sold off his Yankees interest and bought a 63 percent stake in the Indians.

O'Neill was an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, where he played basketball.

Steve O'Neill (rugby league)

Steve O'Neill is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 1990s and 2000s. He played at representative level for England, and at club level for Wigan, Widnes, Salford, Swinton and the Gateshead Thunder, as a prop or second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, and coached at representative level for Ireland.

Terry Moore (baseball)

Terry Bluford Moore (May 27, 1912 – March 29, 1995) was an American professional baseball center fielder, manager, and coach. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1935–1942, 1946–1948), and later coached for them (1949–1952, 1956–1958). Moore managed the 1954 Philadelphia Phillies, taking the reins from Steve O’Neill, for the second half of the season.


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