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Jim Tyng

Jim Tyng
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Pitcher
Born: (1856-05-27)May 27, 1856
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: October 30, 1931(1931-10-30) (aged 75)
New York, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 1879 for the Boston Red Caps
Last MLB appearance
June 13, 1888 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win-Loss Record 1-2
Earned run average 4.94
Batting average .333
Teams

James Alexander Tyng is known as the first baseball player to wear a catcher's mask while playing for Harvard University in 1877. The team manager, Fred Thayer, received a patent for the mask in 1878.

In 1879, Tyng became the first Harvard player selected to play in the majors, when he was picked up by Harry Wright and the Boston Red Caps as an emergency pitcher. Tyng defeated the first-place Providence Grays to draw the Red Caps within two games of the Grays. It was the only victory in his major league career. Later, in 1888, he pitched in one game for the Philadelphia Phillies.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Baseball Almanac – Harvard University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues
  • Baseball Almanac – Jim Tyng page
  • Harvard Magazine: Home-plate Security, article by Stephen Eschenbach, July–August, 2004
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