Irish-born Tom Needham was a clever handler of pitchers who caught half of the Braves'
games in 1904-07, but batted .196 or less in seven of his 11 seasons. He coached
and scouted for the White Sox.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 5, 1904: In Front of 37,000 fans the Giants sweep the Beaneaters, beating Boston 6-1 and 4-3. Christy Mathewson wins the opener, beating Irv Wilhelm, and is not scored upon until the 9th when Jim Delahanty and Tom Needham triple. Red Ames wins the nitecap. Following the Giant sweep, excited fans hoist John McGraw up to carry him to the Polo Grounds field house. But McGraw gets dropped during the excitement, sustaining a sprained ankle.