Joe Gallagher

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Joseph Emmett Gallagher

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Joe Gallagher appeared in 165 major league games in 1939 and 1940, and was one of the first to go into the Armed Forces during World War II, enlisting in the Spring of 1941. After the war, he returned to the minor leagues and roomed with Jackie Robinson when they were with the Montreal Royals. Missing from baseball during 1941-1945, he was 32 years old when he returned to professional baseball after the war.

Prior to making his major league debut, he was a star with the Kansas City Blues in 1938, hitting .343 with 24 home runs. Both stats led the team.

Coming up in 1939, he appeared for two major league teams, hitting 11 home runs in 85 games.

On April 9, 1947, Gallagher hired as Head Baseball Coach at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas. Gallagher was also the coach of Rice University in 1962. He died at age 83 after a long illness.

As of 2019, he is the most recent major league player to come out of Cornell University.

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