Egyptian Healy

  • Card series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Indianapolis
  • Team: Hoosiers (NL)
  • League: National League

John J. Healy (1866-1899) hailed from Cairo, IL and was also nicknamed “Long John” for his slender 6’2” frame. He began in pro ball with the St. Louis Maroons, the only close-to-ML-quality team in the Union Association’s only season. His career was marked by being the best pitcher on poor teams, including the AA’s Toledo Maumees and the Indianapolis Hoosiers.

  • The “ace” of the Hoosiers in ’87 with a 12-29 record, most losses in the NL
  • Recognized by Albert Spalding for his talent, joined the “world tour” of 1888-89

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