Mike Kahoe

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Michael Joseph Kahoe

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mike Kahoe was a weak-hitting catcher who lasted many years in the majors.

Kahoe was born in Yellow Springs, OH, north of Cincinnati, OH. He made his major league debut at age 21 with the Cincinnati Reds in 1895, although he went back to the minors for most of 1896 to 1899.

He came back up at age 26 with the Reds in 1900 as a back-up for Heinie Peitz. In May 1901 the Reds released him and the Chicago Orphans picked him up to back up Johnny Kling. The next year, in 1902, he jumped leagues to join the St. Louis Browns of the young American League and backed up Joe Sugden.

In 1903 Kahoe appeared in a few more games at catcher than Sugden did, while in 1904 Sugden was in more games at catcher than Kahoe. Sugden stayed one more season with the Browns, while Kahoe was sold to the Philadelphia Phillies, for whom he appeared in 16 games in 1905.

1906 was spent with the minor league Indianapolis team, a team which also featured the 22-year-old Eddie Cicotte. Kahoe came back to the majors with two teams the following year, playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Senators. The Cubs were a great team, going 107-45 to win the 1907 pennant, and Kahoe backed up Johnny Kling again. The 1907 Senators, on the other hand, were awful, going 49-102, but featured the 19-year-old Walter Johnson. Kahoe stayed with the Senators in 1908 and 1909.

After baseball Kahoe did some scouting, and among others scouted the minor leaguer Casey Stengel.

The book Baseball in Baton Rouge contains a photo of the 1903 Browns while at spring training, and includes Kahoe, Bobby Wallace and Jesse Burkett.

Kahoe was apparently an early experimenter with protective equipment. He tried cricket shin guards and also pads. He umpired one game in the National League in 1905.

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