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Dick McBride

Dick McBride

Dick McBride was from Philadelphia and was the star pitcher and the player-manager for the Philadelphia Athletics of the National Association from 1871 through most of the 1875 when Cap Anson took over as player-manager for the remaining eight games of the season.

In 1864, while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, he was allowed to take a 3 day furlough to participate in a series of baseball exhibitions between clubs from Brookyln and the local Philadelphia clubs. It was during this time that the north’s attention had turned to military defense, not baseball, so Brooklyn strategically scheduled these events hoping to take advantage of the situation to get some well sought after wins in “enemy” territory. The presence of Dick didn’t do much, as all Philly teams were beaten soundly.

Dick had a pretty good pitching record of 149 wins and 74 losses during that period with the Athletics. McBride finished his major league career in 1876, when he was signed by the Boston Red Caps (now the Atlanta Braves of the National League) when the Association failed. He had a record of 0-4 before his career came to an end.