Paddy Quinn

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Patrick James Quinn

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
  • Height 5' 8½", Weight 148 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Patrick "Paddy" Quinn played in the National Association in 1871 and 1875, and in the young National League in 1877. He also umpired one game in the National Association in 1875 and two more in the National League in 1877.

He was the first player whose name started with "Q" to come to the majors, beating Joe Quest by more than a month.

Quinn was born in Chicago, IL in 1849, making him not quite three years older than another player associated with Illinois, Cap Anson. He appeared with the 1871 Fort Wayne Kekiongas, playing catcher during the last five games of the season (the team only played nineteen all season).

He played for three teams in 1875, doing his best hitting for the first one, the 1875 Keokuk Westerns, for whom he hit .327. He then played for the 1875 Hartford Dark Blues and the 1875 Chicago White Stockings. A couple years later he came back with the Pale Hose, this time when they were part of the 1877 National League.

The book Commy: The Life Story of Charles A. Comiskey states that Quinn played amateur ball for the Aetnas (previously called the Atlantics and later called the Franklins) of the north side of Chicago, and was one of the first catchers to catch up close to the batter without a mask or glove.

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