Irish McIlveen

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Henry Cooke McIlveen (Irish)

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Henry Cooke McIlveen, commonly nicknamed "Irish" because he was born in Belfast, Ireland, is buried at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Lorain, OH.

McIlveen pitched for the 1906 Pittsburgh Pirates (and hit .400 in 5 at-bats), and then came back in 1908 and 1909 as an outfielder. He mostly backed up the 36-year-old Willie Keeler in 1908 in right field.

He went to Pennsylvania State University from 1903 to 1906, at the same time as Birdie Cree, who became his major league teammate in 1908 and 1909. He was 56-18-3 as head coach of Penn State from 1907-1910.

He hit .303 for Steubenville in 1907.

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