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 Thomas Leach

Thomas Leach

Birth
French Creek, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Death 29 Sep 1969 (aged 91)
Haines City, Polk County, Florida, USA
Burial Haines City, Polk County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 6136912 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League Baseball as an Outfielder/3rd Baseman for 19 seasons (1898-1915, 1918) with the Louisville Colonels, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds. Broke in as a 3rd baseman with the Colonels in 1898 and was one of a number of players from that team to go to the Pirates in 1900 when Louisville folded and merged with Pittsburgh. In 1900 he helped the Pirates take the National League pennant, and appeared with them in their 3 Games to 1 loss to the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) in the Chronicle-Telegraph Championship Cup (the only year it was played). He blossomed into a good hitter, but was a poor fielder (his fielding would necessitate his move to the outfield in 1905). In 1902 he led the National League in Triples (22) and Home Runs (6). The next year he helped the Pirates take another National League pennant, and played in the very first World Series. In the Inaugural Fall Classic (which pitted the Pirates against the American League Boston Pilgrims) he would hit .273 with 4 triples and 7 RBIs. He got 4 hits in Game 1 (off the immortal Cy Young), and would get the game-winning RBI in Game 3 with a third inning single. Despite his efforts his Pirates lost 5 Games to 3. He would continue to be a solid fixture in the Pirates lineup, and would again contribute to another Pirates pennant, this time in 1909. In that year he led the NL in Runs with 126. The 1909 World Series had the Pirates playing against Ty Cobb's Detroit Tigers in a hard fought contest that saw Pittsburgh outlast the Tigers 4 Games to 3. Tommy Leach led all batters in the Series with a .360 average, banging out 8 hits, and scoring 8 runs (which is still a record for a 7 game series; he currently holds it with 7 other players), and was responsible for the winning run in Game 1. He would play a few more years with the Pirates before being shipped to the Cubs in mid-season in 1912. In 1913, his first full season with Chicago, he led the NL in Runs with 99, and led all outfielders in fielding. He spent one season, 1915, with the Reds before leaving baseball, but came back for a 30-game stint with the Pirates in 1918. He retired after his brief return. His career totals were 2,156 Games Played, 2,143 Runs, 1,355 Hits, 63 Home Runs, 810 RBIs and a .268 career Batting Average.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6136912
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Leach (4 Nov 1877–29 Sep 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6136912, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Haines City, Polk County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .