Arthur Irwin

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Arthur Albert Irwin
(Doc or Sandy)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5,' 8½", Weight 158 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Irwin the "Master Scout" in 1911.

Although he was born in Toronto, Ontario, Arthur Irwin grew up in south Boston, MA and learned to play baseball in that city. He was the brother of John Irwin. He began his professional career in New England and enjoyed success as both a player and a manager. Following his retirement from the major leagues he owned the Toronto franchise while that city played in the Eastern League. He suffered from depression late in life and disappeared from a boat while traveling between New York and Boston. His death was ruled a probable suicide.

In the New York Times of July 21, 1921, his death and last days were explored. It appeared he had two wives and families, one in New York and one in Boston. He had recently been told that he would die unless he underwent serious surgery.

Irwin played 13 seasons in the big leagues, primarily as a shortstop. He managed for eight seasons in the majors, winning the 1891 American Association pennant in the last year that that league operated as a major league. He umpired three National League games in 1881, then came back as a full-time umpire in the same league in 1902.

He was also a scout who nearly curtailed Lou Gehrig's baseball career before it began, luring him to play for his own Hartford Senators in June 1921, the summer before the future Iron Horse was to enroll at Columbia University under an athletic scholarship. Gehrig played under an assumed name, but when someone in the Columbia athletic department got wind that he was playing professionally, it nearly cost him his eligibility to play college sports. As it was, Gehrig was redshirted for a season, before a Yankee scout discovered him his sophomore year.[1]

Preceded by
Harry Wright
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Billy Nash
Preceded by
Harvey Watkins
New York Giants Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Joyce

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1889 Washington Nationals National League 28-45 8th Washington Nationals replaced John Morrill (13-38) on July 5
1891 Boston Reds American Association 93-42 1st Boston Reds League Champs
1892 Washington Senators National League 46-60 -- Washington Senators replaced Billy Barnie (0-2) on April 19/
replaced by Danny Richardson on August 24
1894 Philadelphia Phillies National League 71-57 4th Philadelphia Phillies
1895 Philadelphia Phillies National League 78-53 3rd Philadelphia Phillies
1896 New York Giants National League 36-53 -- New York Giants replaced by Bill Joyce on August 8
1897 Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League 75-49 2nd none League Champs
1898 Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League 64-55 3rd none none
Washington Senators National League 10-19 11th Washington Senators replaced Tom Brown (12-26), Jack Doyle (8-9)
and Deacon McGuire (21-47) on September 14
1899 Washington Senators National League 54-98 11th Washington Senators
1900 Syracuse Stars Eastern League 43-84 8th none none
1903 Rochester Bronchos Eastern League -- none -- replaced by Abbie Johnson
Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League 2nd none none replaced James Gardner
1904 Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League -- none -- replaced by Richard Haley
Kansas City Blues American Association 7th none none replaced Dale Gear
1905 Kansas City Blues American Association 44-102 8thnone none
Altoona Mountaineers Tri-State League 52-73 6th none none
1906 Altoona Mountaineers Tri-State League 64-62 4th none none
1907 Altoona Mountaineers Tri-State League -- none -- replaced by John Farrell
1915 Lewiston Cupids New England League 50-59 6th none none
1918 Rochester Hustlers International League 60-61 5th none none
1919 Rochester Hustlers International League 67-83 6th none none
1920 Rochester Hustlers International League 45-106 7th none none
1921 Hartford Senators Eastern League -- none -- replaced by Jack Dowd


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