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Eddie Mulligan

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Edward Joseph Mulligan

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Infielder Eddie Mulligan made his big league debut late in the season with the 1915 Chicago Cubs and got two hits off future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander that year. After hitting just .153 in 58 games with the Cubs the next year, he returned to the minors for several seasons. In 1921, he joined the Chicago White Sox in the aftermath of the Black Sox Scandal as a replacement for Buck Weaver at third base. After two seasons with the Sox, he went back to the minors with the San Francisco Seals, for whom he played for five years.

In 1928, Mulligan spent one final season in the majors as a utility infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Afterwards, he returned to the Pacific Coast League for another decade. As a 40-year-old for the Oakland Oaks in 1934, he hit .269 in 184 games and stole 45 bases.

During his long minor league career, Mulligan batted .283, collected 2,936 hits and 484 doubles, and swiped 455 bases. He spent 17 years in the PCL, collecting 2,574 hits in the circuit while playing for eight different teams (a PCL record). He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

Mulligan was owner of the Salt Lake City Bees in the Pioneer League from 1939 to 1949, managing the team in 1939. Later he was part owner of the Sacramento Solons from 1951 to 1955. Mulligan also served as President of the California League from 1956 to 1975. Since 1976 the Rookie-of-the-Year in the Cal League has received the Eddie Mulligan Award.

Away from the diamond, Mulligan was also an accomplished soccer player.

Mulligan attended Saint Louis University, and through 2008 is the player from there with the second-most major league at-bats. The player with the third-most at-bats is Ray Schmandt. Both Mulligan and Schmandt were at Saint Louis University in 1915 and both made their major league debuts in 1915. The player with the most major league at-bats out of Saint Louis University, Gene Robertson, attended a bit later, from 1917 to 1919.

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