Tom Maher

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Thomas Francis Maher

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Maher played 2 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1902, getting one at-bat and never playing the field.

His life was fairly well documented until 1918, when his trace vanished. While some earlier encyclopedias listed him as being born in Philadelphia, PA in 1870 and dying there in 1929, more reliable figures had his birth in New York in 1875 (although it could also have been in New Jersey). He was married twice, first to Grace Griffin in 1899 and later to Amelia Magnell in 1906, that marriage ending in divorce in 1912. He served for a long time in the military, serving a tour of duty in the Philippines. But little was known after that, as he moved around frequently, had a drinking problem, and abandoned his first two wives.

He married again in 1916 and settled down in Burlington, NJ for an extended stretch. He died there in 1947, according to information unearthed in 2018. A living relative confirmed that the person who had passed away then was a former ballplayer. An obituary published in a local paper at the time also mentioned that he had played for the Phillies. He was living with his son at the time.

Further Reading[edit]

  • "Two Missing Players Found: Thomas Maher", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, September/October 2018, pp. 1-2.

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