Patsy Donovan

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Patrick Joseph Donovan

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Patrick "Patsy" Donovan played professional ball for at least 21 years and managed for 19. He played 17 seasons in the majors, mostly in the National League of the 1890s and mostly as a rightfielder.

Some of his best years as a player were toward the end of his career, in the early 1900s with the St. Louis Cardinals. As a manager he was skipper for 11 seasons, never finishing higher than fourth in the league.

Donovan is also linked in history with a couple of famous names from later eras. In 1914 he scouted the young Babe Ruth and convinced the Boston Red Sox that they had to sign him. Many years later he was George H.W. Bush's high school coach.

Donovan holds the records for the most games and at-bats by an Irish-born major leaguer.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Stolen Bases Leader (1900)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 6 (1892-1896 & 1898)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 1 (1892)

Preceded by
Connie Mack
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Watkins
Preceded by
Bill Watkins
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Fred Clarke
Preceded by
Louie Heilbroner
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Kid Nichols
Preceded by
Malachi Kittridge
Washington Senators Manager
Succeeded by
Jake Stahl
Preceded by
Ned Hanlon
Brooklyn Superbas Manager
Succeeded by
Harry Lumley
Preceded by
Fred Lake
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Jake Stahl

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1897 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 60-71 8th Pittsburgh Pirates
1899 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 69-58 7th Pittsburgh Pirates replaced Bill Watkins (7-15) on May 16
1901 St. Louis Cardinals National League 76-64 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1902 St. Louis Cardinals National League 56-78 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1903 St. Louis Cardinals National League 43-94 8th St. Louis Cardinals
1904 Washington Senators American League 37-97 8th Washington Senators replaced Malachi Kittridge (1-16) on May 11
1906 Brooklyn Superbas National League 66-86 5th Brooklyn Superbas
1907 Brooklyn Superbas National League 65-83 5th Brooklyn Superbas
1908 Brooklyn Superbas National League 53-101 7th Brooklyn Superbas
1910 Boston Red Sox American League 81-72 4th Boston Red Sox
1911 Boston Red Sox American League 78-75 5th Boston Red Sox
1915 Buffalo Bisons International League 86-50 1st none none League Champs
1916 Buffalo Bisons International League 82-58 1st none none League Champs
1917 Buffalo Bisons International League 67-84 6th none none
1918 Syracuse Stars / Hamilton Tigers International League 38-76 7th none none
1919 Newark Bears International League 71-80 5th none none
1921 Jersey City Skeeters International League 59-106 7th none
1923 Springfield Ponies Eastern League 76-77 4th none
1924 Jersey City Skeeters International League 53-111 8th none
1925 Jersey City Skeeters International League 74-92 7th none
1926 Jersey City Skeeters International League 72-92 6th none
1927 Providence Grays Eastern League 61-91 8th none
1928 Attleboro Burros New England League 47-49 7th none Lost League Finals

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