Michael Joseph “Mickey” Doolan
Born: Michael Joseph Doolittle
Born: May 7, 1880 - Ashland, PA
Died: November 1, 1951 - Orlando, FL
Career BA: .230
Philadelphia Phillies NL (May 7, 1880 - November 1, 1951)
Baltimore Terrapins FL (1914–1915)
Chicago Whales FL (1915)
Chicago Cubs NL (1916)
New York Giants NL (1916)
Brooklyn Robins NL (1918)
As shortstops go during the Deadball Era, the slick-fielding Mickey “Doc” Doolan was right up there defensively with the best. Forget about his lifetime .230 batting average. Mickey was one of those players whose defense was his offense. As a matter of fact, his fielding was so good that he was in the running for MVP honors on a few occasions.
A student at Bucknell College and Villanova University, Doolan earned a degree in dentistry and actually had a dental practice in the offseason during his baseball career. His first love, however, was filling the hole at short. A league leader in several fielding categories, Doolan was, at one time or another, tops in putouts, fielding percentage, assists and double plays. His lifetime fielding percentage of .941 does not seem spectacular compared to some of the other shortstops of that era, but he made plays that few others could make, and was respected for his stellar defensive play.
There is really not much to discuss about his hitting although he managed to bat .263 for Philadelphia in 1910. Doolan was team captain with the Phillies from 1909 to 1913 and was vice president of the Fraternity of Professional Baseball Players of America, the Major League players’ union of the day. After making a quick stop to the Federal League, Doolan returned to the National League through 1918 and then played for Jack Dunn’s Baltimore Orioles in the International League in 1919. After retiring as a player, Doolan coached for the Cubs and the Reds for several years before leaving the game in 1932. He then went into dentistry full time for 15 years and retired from that profession in 1947.
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