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Dan McGann

First baseman
Born: July 15, 1871(1871-07-15)
Shelbyville, Kentucky
Died: December 13, 1910 (aged 39)
Louisville, Kentucky
Batted: Switch Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 8, 1896 for the Boston Beaneaters
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 1908 for the Boston Doves
Career statistics
Batting average     .284
Home runs     42
Runs batted in     727
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champion (1905)
  • Led League six times in Hit-By-Pitch
  • Had 106 RBIs in 1898, fifth in NL
  • Stole over 400 bases & hit more than 100 triples

Dennis Lawrence "Dan" McGann (July 15, 1871, Shelbyville, Kentucky – December 13, 1910, Louisville, Kentucky) was a professional baseball player who played first base in the Major Leagues from 1896-1908. He would play for the Boston Braves, the original Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1910, he would join the American Association team in Milwaukee.

In 1898, he played one year on the original, legendary Orioles teams. McGann finished second on the team in RBIs with 106, behind Joe Kelley. This talented Baltimore club featuring hall-of-famers Wilbert Robinson, John McGraw, Hughie Jennings and Willie Keeler finished second that year and would break up soon after. McGann returned briefly to the Orioles in 1902, but by July Giants owner Andrew Freedman had purchased controlling interest in the Baltimore club and finally broke up what remained of the original club, releasing McGann‚ Roger BresnahanJoe McGinnityMike Donlin‚ and Joe Kelley among others. [1]

Playing under manager John McGraw with the New York Giants for most of six seasons seemed to bring McGann a measure of consistency. He started at first base and was even named team captain on one of the great early dynasties in baseball. During this time, he was occasionally referred to as "Cap" McGann. The Giants finished in first place two straight seasons and won one World Series, featuring all-time pitcher Christy Mathewson.

Despite McGann's talent as a player, he batted over .300 four times in his career as well as stealing over 400 bases with more than 100 triples, and genuine popularity with his fans, McGann suffered from severe depression. On December 13, 1910, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at a Kentucky Hotel. At the time of his death, McGann was only 39 years old. McGann's brother had committed suicide earlier in the year. [2][3]

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