John J. Dailey
also known as John Daly
- Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
- Height 5' 7", Weight 145 lb.
John Dailey worked as a printer lived most of his life - or at least the part that is known - in Brooklyn, NY, where he was born in a family of Irish immigrants. He was an infielder for two teams in the National Association in 1875, then came back as an umpire first in the Texas League and later in the National League in 1882 and in the American Association in 1884 and 1889. He was apparently maried to a woman named Elizabeth Clancy, but there is no trace of him after 1898, when he was said to be seeking permanent work as a National League umpire.
His playing career lasted until 1885 even if he was only briefly a major leaguer. The final trace of him comes in 1897, when he was umpiring in the Texas League and his wife had accompanied him there, according to a brief newspaper story. That December, he was back in New York and paid a visit to the offices of the New York Clipper, but no further traces of him have been found. He may well have moved back to Texas or elsewhere permanently, as there is no indication of either he or his wife dying in the New York area in subsequent years. The fact that bith his first and last names are common ones and that his last name is spelled many different ways (Dailey, Daley, Daly, etc.) has made the task of researchers trying to track him down that much harder.
- "John Dailey", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, November/December 2017, p. 3.
- "John J. Dailey", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, July/August, 2018, pp. 2-3.