45 Facts About Arthur Irwin


Arthur Irwin played regularly in the major leagues for eleven years, spending two of those seasons as a player-manager.

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Arthur Irwin played on the 1884 Providence Grays team which won the first interleague series to decide the world champions of baseball.

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Arthur Irwin occupied numerous baseball roles in the latter years of his career, having spent time as a college baseball coach, a major league scout and business manager, a minor league owner and manager, and a National League umpire.

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Arthur Irwin took the field with the first baseball fielder's glove, invented a type of football scoreboard, promoted motor-paced cycling tracks and ran a short-lived professional soccer league.

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Arthur Irwin became terminally ill with cancer in the last weeks of his life.

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Shortly after his death from an apparent suicide, Arthur Irwin made headlines when it was discovered that two wives and families survived him in separate cities.

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Arthur Irwin had been married to one woman since the 1880s and to the other since the 1890s.

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Arthur Irwin was posthumously elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Arthur Irwin was born in 1858 in Toronto, Ontario, to an Irish blacksmith and a Canadian mother.

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Arthur Irwin played local amateur baseball from 1873 until he was recruited by the Worcester team of the National Association in 1879.

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Arthur Irwin led the league in assists in his rookie season, and remained with the team through 1882, when it folded due to poor attendance.

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Arthur Irwin next spent three seasons with the Providence Grays, and was captain and starting shortstop of the 1884 Providence team that became world champions.

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Arthur Irwin moved on to the newly formed Philadelphia Quakers in 1886.

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Arthur Irwin next played for the Boston Reds in the Players' League in 1890.

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Arthur Irwin played in one game while managing the 1894 Philadelphia Phillies.

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Arthur Irwin played 947 games at shortstop and 56 games at third base.

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Arthur Irwin coached at the University of Pennsylvania between 1893 and 1895, and managed the Philadelphia major league club during those last two seasons.

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Nonetheless, by 1895, Arthur Irwin's coaching role at Penn included the selection of players and other duties that traditionally fell to the team captain.

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Arthur Irwin left Philadelphia in 1896 to manage the New York Giants.

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Arthur Irwin faced arrest on a libel charge in 1898, which stemmed from comments made by Irwin about the actions of the Philadelphia ownership during his time there.

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In 1898, Arthur Irwin traded some of his best players to the Washington major league team.

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The moves were seen as particularly suspect when Arthur Irwin was named the Washington manager shortly thereafter.

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Arthur Irwin returned for a subsequent term as Penn's coach in 1900, but he left in 1902.

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Arthur Irwin, who had previously only filled in for one three-day umpiring stretch in 1881, umpired his first NL game on August 7,1902.

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In fifty games as an umpire, Arthur Irwin ejected nine players, including future Hall of Fame inductees Roger Bresnahan and Fred Clarke.

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Arthur Irwin, who had retained partial ownership of the Toronto club, then returned to manage that team for a couple of seasons.

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In July 1907, Arthur Irwin resigned as manager of the Mountaineers after fans became disgruntled.

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Arthur Irwin became part-owner of the Lewiston Cupids in 1915 and managed that club in the final season of the original New England League.

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In 1916, Arthur Irwin publicly accused Philadelphia's Connie Mack of underhanded dealings in obtaining third baseman Jim Ritter from Baltimore.

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Arthur Irwin said that Mack convinced the New England League's Baltimore club to draft Ritter so that Mack could later obtain him cheaply.

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Arthur Irwin committed 66 errors in 98 games the following year.

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Arthur Irwin was president of the American League of Professional Football for its lone season in 1894.

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Arthur Irwin was involved in an attempt to popularize roller polo.

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Arthur Irwin developed and patented a football scoreboard, which was in use in the Ivy League by the 1890s.

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Arthur Irwin owned athletic facilities in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and negotiated with baseball officials about bringing organized baseball there in 1900.

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Arthur Irwin opened a motor-paced bicycle racing track in the city in July 1902.

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Arthur Irwin's focus on the bicycle track enterprise had been a factor in his resignation from the Penn coaching staff in 1902.

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Arthur Irwin became involved with the Hartford Avenue Colosseum Company and oversaw its Philadelphia bicycle track.

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On June 21,1921, Arthur Irwin gave up his managerial role with the Hartford club in the Eastern League due to health concerns.

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Arthur Irwin was experiencing abdominal trouble and severe nervous attacks.

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Arthur Irwin was diagnosed with stomach cancer; he had lost 60 pounds in two weeks.

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Shortly after his death, a theory emerged that Arthur Irwin had been robbed for $5,000 and then murdered aboard the ship.

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Arthur Irwin first married Elizabeth, the woman in Boston, in 1883.

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Arthur Irwin said that his only long trips were baseball-related, when he would scout players in other cities.

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In 1989, Arthur Irwin was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

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