Born: May 7, 1880 in Ashland, Pennsylvania
Died: November 1, 1951 (aged 71) in Orlando, Florida
Weight: 170 lbs.
Position: Shortstop and Second Baseman
Philadelphia Phillies (1905–1913)
Baltimore Terrapins (1915)
Chicago Whales (1915)
Chicago Cubs (1916)
New York Giants (1916)
Brooklyn Robins (1918)
The prototype good-field, no-hit shortstop, Mickey Doolan was blessed with a remarkable ability to snap the ball accurately to first base from the most difficult of positions. Sportswriter Fred Lieb once remarked that Doolan “could throw standing on his head” and favorably compared his defense to that of his elite contemporaries Honus Wagner and Joe Tinker. Lieb’s comparison holds up under scrutiny. Between 1906 and 1913, Doolan led the National League in putouts four times, assists five times, double plays five times, and fielding percentage once. According to Bill James’s Win Shares system, the Philadelphia captain was the National League’s pre-eminent fielding shortstop four times.