James Arthur McCabe
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 187 lb.
- Debut September 23, 1909
- Final Game May 20, 1910
- Born November 20, 1881 in Towanda, PA USA
- Died December 9, 1944 in Bristol, CT USA
Swat McCabe had a good 1909 season. He played for the New Britain Perfectos during much of the year, hitting .366, and he came up to the majors in September to play three games with the Cincinnati Reds and hit .545.
He wasn't as impressive with the Reds in 1910, hitting .257 on a team which hit .259, but he twice in later years hit over .300 in the minors.
He is the only major leaguer remembered with the first name "Swat", although some players such as Babe Ruth had alternate nicknames such as the "Sultan of Swat".
Swat was a teammate of Boardwalk Brown in 1908 and 1909 with New Britain.
In 1949 a little league in Bristol, CT was formed and given the name McCabe-Waters Little League, named after Swat McCabe and another local star named Clyde Waters. The league still exists.
Sporting Life never called him Swat. He was either Arthur McCabe or "Pinch" MaCabe.