Mike Donlin

Michael Joseph Donlin (May 30, 1878 – September 24, 1933) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals (1899–1900), Baltimore Orioles (1901), Cincinnati Reds (1902–1904), New York Giants (1904–1908, 1911, 1914), Boston Rustlers (1911), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1912). Donlin was a flamboyant playboy, a sharp dresser and a notorious drinker. With his dashing looks and one who wasn't opposed to finding trouble, he was equally popular with women and men and was one of the most popular players in baseball for a short time at the peak of his career. He was also one of the finest hitters of the dead-ball era. Born in Peoria, Illinois, Donlin's family soon moved to Erie, Pennsylvania where he lost both parents in a bridge collapse when he was a young boy. He later made his way out to California and was playing for the Santa Cruz Sandcrabs in 1899 when he was acquired by the St. Louis Perfectos. Despite not joining the team until mid-July, he finished 10th in the National League in home runs and batted .323. The following season he hit .326 and finished 3rd in home runs with 10 while only playing in about half of St. Louis' games.

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