Four O'Neill brothers played major league baseball. The two eldest, Mike and Jack, were born in Ireland, and formed a brother battery for the 1902-03 Cardinals. Mike went 18-14 in 1902. He had a strong bat, occasionally played in the outfield, and that year made a league-high 12 pinch-hitting appearances with one hit - a grand slam on June 3, the first ever by a pinch hitter. (JL)
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 14, 1902: New York batters Cardinal pitcher Mike Joyce (aka Mike O'Neill) for 14 runs sending the Irish-born hurler to a 10-7 loss. St. Louis manages nine hits off Christy Mathewson, the winning pitcher. New York is a distant third to the leading Pirates (19-3).
»June 3, 1902: The Cardinals' Mike O'Neill, a pitcher and one of four ML brothers, hits the first pinch grand slam ever in the majors, against Boston Beaneater Togie Pittinger. It is an inside-the-park HR at Boston and scores his brother Jack. O'Neill becomes the first pitcher in the NL to hit a grand slam this century.
»September 30, 1910:
In a shootout at the Polo Grounds, Beals Becker hits a pinch grand slam inside-the-park as the Giants outslug Brooklyn, 17–8. It is the 2nd pinch slam IPHR in ML history; Mike O'Neill hit the first.