Hugh Mulcahy

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Hugh Noyes Mulcahy
(Mul; Losing Pitcher)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mulcahy during WW2.

Pitcher Hugh Mulcahy lost 76 games over four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and earned the nickname "Losing Pitcher". He was the first major leaguer to be drafted during World War II in March 1941. He served in the Army for more than four years, being discharged in August 1945. After the war, he returned to the Phillies for two seasons and then pitched briefly for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Once his playing career ended, he became a scout and pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox. He managed the 1963 Middlesboro Cubsox and 1964 Clinton C-Sox.

Mulcahy pitched 9 seasons in the majors, and never once had a winning record. He led the National League in losses in both 1938 and 1940, but still represented the Phillies at the 1940 All-Star Game, as his numerous losses were the result of being the best pitcher on a very weak team.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1940)
  • NL Games Pitched Leader (1937)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1937-1940)

Further Reading[edit]

  • C. Paul Rogers III: "Hugh Mulcahy", in Bill Nowlin, ed.: Van Lingle Mungo: The Man, The Song, The Players, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 236-245. ISBN 978-1-933599-76-2

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