Tom Nagle

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Thomas Edward Nagle

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 150 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Nagle played several years in the minors before coming to the big leagues with the1890 Chicago Colts. The previous year he had been on the pennant-winning 1889 Omaha Omahogs skippered by the highly-regarded Frank Selee. The star pitcher was the young Kid Nichols. [1] Nagle was the team's main catcher.

In 1890 Tom was player-manager Cap Anson's backup catcher behind Malachi Kittridge. The team finished in second place in the league. Nagle's batting line of .271/.318/.340 was much better than that of Kittridge. The next year, though, Tom was in only eight games, hitting .120, and his major league career was over.

A biography of Nagle [2] states that he started in pro ball in 1885 and played for Frank Selee in Oshkosh before they both came to Omaha. In 1891 it was said that Nagle's throwing arm was "in bad shape" and after a few defensive gaffes, he was released. He was one of the first catchers to use a glove. He coached in the minors in 1900 and then worked for a railroad for many years.

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