Mike O'Neill

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Michael Joyce O'Neill
played as Michael Joyce in 1901

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mike O'Neill is the brother of Jack O'Neill, Jim O'Neill, and Steve O'Neill. In addition to his playing career, he umpired one National League game in 1904.

Mike was the second oldest of the O'Neill boys, and one of two born in Ireland. He came to the majors first, however. Brother Jack broke in with the 1902 Cardinals and became a teammate of Mike's, thus creating the first MLB brother battery.

Mike had pitched in only one minor league game before coming to the Cardinals in 1901, but was successful in his first year, posting an ERA of 1.32 with a WHIP of 0.951. He pitched for three more years with the Cardinals, playing some left field as well, and came back a few years later with the 1907 Cincinnati Reds solely as a left fielder.

He had a long minor league career which didn't end until 1918, when he was 40. After his major league days, he was mostly a position player in the minors. He was a player-manager during eight of those minor league seasons, and then years later was solely a manager for two seasons. In 1910, as manager for the Elmira Colonels, he offered brother Steve his first pro contract.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Notes
1910 Elmira Colonels New York State League 76-57 3rd
1912 Utica Utes New York State League 82-57 1st League Champs
1913 Utica Utes New York State League 74-65 4th
1914 Utica Utes New York State League 77-55 3rd
1915 Syracuse Stars New York State League 60-60 5th
1916 Syracuse Stars New York State League 81-52 1st League Champs
1917 Syracuse Stars New York State League 64-51 3rd
1918 Shreveport Gassers Texas League 35-53 6th League suspended operations July 7
1928 Syracuse Stars New York-Penn League 67-74 6th
1929 Scranton Miners New York-Penn League 64-75 6th

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