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Friday, May 20, 2016

Jim McCormick, Glasgow, Scotland's First Major League Player



May 20, 1878.  Jim McCormick becomes the first player born in Scotland to appear in major league game in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Stockings. McCormick born in Glasgow, Scotland pitched for the Indianapolis Blues. The next year, the team moved to Cleveland, where at 23 McCormick became the youngest manager in major league history.

Jim McCormick would enjoy a long career in professional baseball. He had a won-loss record of 265-214 with an ERA 2.43 with 1,704 strikeouts. He lead the National League in wins in 1880, 1882, and was the ERA leader in 1883. He died March 10, 1918.

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