Tom Nagle

Catcher
  • Series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Omaha
  • Team: Omahogs
  • League: Western Association

Thomas Edward Nagle (1865-1946) was a catcher for the Chicago Colts of the NL over two seasons, 1890 and 1891. He had a promising debut in 1890, batting .271 with a .318 OBP, but slumped to .120 in only eight games in 1891. Nagle returned to the minors before leaving baseball in 1895.

  • This Wisconsin native played in the Midwest throughout his time in baseball for Oshkosh, LaCrosse, and Omaha, ending his playing days with Dubuque in the Eastern Iowa League
  • Despite his brief stint in Chicago, Nagle became part of one of our most enduring legacies: today’s Cubs enjoy the longest tenure in their original city in all of American professional sport

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Billy Nash

Third Base
  • Series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Boston
  • Team: Beaneaters
  • League: National League

William Mitchell Nash (1865-1929) made one invaluable contribution to baseball: he scouted & recruited Napoleon Lajoie, bringing him to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896. By that time, Nash had mostly played out his ML career as a steady-hitting 3rd baseman for the Boston Beaneaters. He compiled a respectable .275 lifetime average and, in 1895, was declared by Sporting Life magazine “the best fielding third baseman in the League.” Traded for future Hall of Famer Billy Hamilton to the Phillies, Nash was player-manager when he found Lajoie who was pounding the ball for the Fall River Indians in the New England League.

  • Nash broke into the majors with his hometown Richmond Virginians of the old AA in 1884 before finding a home wih the NL Beaneaters
  • Best year was 1887: .295 AVG with 84 RBI
  • Bill James ranks Nash 49th amongst third basemen all-time
  • Sporting Life touted his $7500 compensation in ’91 as money well-spent

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Kid Nichols

Pitcher
  • Series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Omaha
  • Team: Omahogs
  • League: Western Association

Charles Augustus Nichols (1869-1953). A right-handed, switch-hitting pitcher, Nichols played 15 major league seasons for 3 different clubs. Nichols had 11 seasons with 20 Wins or more, 10 consecutively, 7 of which exceeded 30. He quit MLB for 2 years to own & pitch for a minor league team, with whom he won another 48 games.

  • Youngest to 300 Wins (30 years)
  • 5x NL pennant winner
  • His 361 Wins ranks 7th all-time
  • Elected to Hall of Fame: 1949
  • Although the Old Judge series features five known poses of Kid Nichols, I could not find one of suitable quality for this project. This image is taken from a cabinet photo produced by the Elmer Chickering Studio in Boston.

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