Jack Mealey (minors02)

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Maurice Francis Mealey

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lbs.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Jack Mealey played in the minor leagues from 1922 to 1942. Mealey began his professional career playing for the Okmulgee Drillers and Joplin Miners, hitting a combined .248 in 73 games. In 1923, he played for Okmulgee again, upping his batting average to .264 in 70 games. From 1924 to 1926, he played for the Asheville Tourists, hitting .276 in 99 games in 1924, .304 with a career high 13 home runs in 103 games in 1925 and .258 with 10 home runs in 113 games in 1926. Back with Okmulgee in 1927, he hit .337 with 10 home runs in 111 games.

He split 1928 between the Independence Producers and Dallas Steers, hitting .269 in 65 games overall. With the Steers again in 1929, he hit only .239 in 72 games. In 1930, Mealey played for the Wichita Aviators, hitting .279 in 84 games, earning a spot on the Western League All-Star team.

Mealey was with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the early part of the 1931 season, but he was released in mid-June before getting into a big-league game. Eddie Phillips did the bulk of the catching for the Bucs that year, backed up mainly by Earl Grace, though Rollie Hemsley, Hal Finney, and (in his only taste of the big leagues) Bill Steinecke also appeared behind the plate.

After the Pirates cut him, Mealey played for the San Francisco Seals in 1931, but hit only .242 with them. With the San Antonio Indians in 1932, Mealey hit .246 in 84 games.

From 1933 to 1936, he played for the Galveston Buccaneers, with whom he hit only .218 in 1933. In 1934, he upped his batting average to .233, and in 1935 he raised it again to .281. He also played for the Tulsa Oilers in 1936, hitting a combined .270 in 56 games that season. He played for the Jackson Senators and Augusta Tigers in 1937, hitting a combined .270 in 87 games. With the Oilers again in 1939, he hit only .173 in 33 games.

He didn't play professionally in 1939, although he played from 1940 to 1942 for the Muskogee Reds. In 1940, he hit .228 in 80 games, in 1941 he hit .268 in 76 games, and in 1942 he hit .299 in 31 games. He retired from professional baseball after 1942, at age 43.

Overall, Mealey spent 20 seasons in the minors, hitting .263 in 1,538 games. In 4,857 at-bats, he collected 1,279 hits - 263 of which were doubles, 52 of which were triples and 77 of which were home runs.

Mealey was later the president of the Sooner State League for five years.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1935 Galveston Buccaneers Texas League 86-75 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1936 Galveston Buccaneers Texas League 15-27 -- none -- replaced by Jake Atz (42-69) May 29
1937 Augusta Tigers South Atlantic League -- New York Yankees -- replaced by Troy Agnew in May
Jackson Senators Southeastern League 40-49 4th New York Yankees Lost in 1st round replaced Ike Boone (21-26) on June 7
1940 Muskogee Reds Western Association 90-49 1st none Lost in 1st round
1941 Muskogee Reds Western Association 64-69 5th Chicago Cubs
1942 Muskogee Reds Western Association 76-58 2nd none

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