Tom Flanigan

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Thomas Anthony Flanigan

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Before the 1952 season, Tom Flanigan was signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago White Sox. The Sox assigned him to the Madisonville Miners of the class D Kitty League and the 17-year-old lefthander went 9-5 with a 2.48 ERA. He was with the class B Waterloo White Hawks in 1953, winning 7 and losing 4 with a 4.06 ERA.

Flanigan made his major league debut with the White Sox in 1954, with two scoreless innings of relief work in a couple of games. He spent the remainder of the year with the AA Memphis Chickasaws where he went 4-5 with a 3.62 ERA.

Tom was sent back to the minors and would spent the next two seasons (1955-1956) back with the Memphis Chickasaws, going 12-8 in 1955 and 9-5 in 1956. 1957 found him with the AAA Indianapolis Indians where he appeared in 50 outings and came up with 9 wins and 7 losses with a 4.25 ERA. On December 2, 1957 Flanigan was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals from the White Sox in the 1957 Rule V draft.

Tom made one brief appearance out of the Cardinals' bullpen in 1958 with no decisions and ended his major league career with no decisions and a 3.38 ERA. He was sent back to Indianapolis where he went 5-11 when an injury to his pitching arm ended his career. Tom was just 23 years old.

Flanigan had spent seven years in pro baseball (1952-1958) and had appeared in 246 games, winning 55 and losing 45 with a 3.71 ERA.

After several years in the insurance business, Tom who lived in Covington, KY became a sales representative for a building supplies company.

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