Paddy Livingston

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Patrick Joseph Livingston

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 197 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Paddy Livingston was a catcher 23 years (1898-1920), seven in the Majors (1901; 1906; 1909-1912; 1917) and 21 in the minors (1898-1905; 1907-1908; 1910-1920).


Livingston was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues in 1901, with the Cleveland Blues. He played for the Blues (1901); the Cincinnati Reds (1906); the Philadelphia Athletics (1909-1911); the Cleveland Naps (1912); and the St. Louis Cardinals (1917), where he played his final major league game on at age 37. He returned to the minors until 1920, ending his baseball career at age 40. He also starred with the champion Toledo Mud Hens (1912-1913).

He was reputed to be the record holder for fewest strikeouts, 500 or more career ABs, although that record is in dispute because of limited record-keeping.

Livingston was a popular, good-natured, well-liked man who was famous for being frugal. Reportedly, in spring training in 1906 with Cincinnati, he lived the entire camp on the first $25 expense check that was given out for the first week.

After his playing career ended, Livingston was a Philadelphia Athletics coach in 1919. He then worked 43 years for the city of Cleveland's bridge maintenance department, retiring in 1963. Paddy was the last surviving player from the inaugural season of the American League in 1901 and also the oldest living ex-player when he died at age 97 in St. John's Hospital in Cleveland. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.

Gene "Three Finger" Carney's play "Mornings After," is based on the life of Paddy Livingston.

Famous Last[edit]

Last living player from the inaugural American League season (1901)


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Principal sources for Paddy Livingston include newspaper obituaries (OB), government records (VA,CM,CW), Sporting Life (SL), Baseball Digest, The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR), TSN's Daguerreotypes (none) (DAG), The Historical Register, The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase(PD), The Baseball Library (BL); various Encyclopediae including The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball by Turkin & Thompson (T&T), MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia (Mac), Total Baseball (TB), The Bill James Historical Abstract (BJ) and The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (LJ); Retrosheet (RS), The Baseball Chronology (BC), Baseball Page (BP), The Baseball Almanac (BA), Baseball Cube (B3) and obituaries at (DBE) as well as research by Reed Howard (RH), Pat Doyle (PD) and Frank Hamilton (FH).

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