Photos from Chicago Daily Newspaper courtsey of Chicago Historical Society
Baseball Players Hughes, Heitel, Evans and Donovan
Logan Square semiprofessional baseball players Ed Hughes, Heitel, Evans, Donovan, sitting on a bench in front of grandstands].
Chicago Daily News, Inc., photographer.
Informal three-quarter length group portrait of baseball players Ed Hughes, Heitel, Buck Evans, Frank Donovan of the Logan Square semiprofessional baseball team, sitting on a bench in front of grandstands on a baseball field in Chicago, Illinois. A boy is sitting on the bench on the right side of the image, and another boy is standing behind the men.
Photos below are Logan Square baseball History - Baseball Players Ed Mallay, Ed Hughes, Wallbrack, F Evanston (F Evansen) Bob Meinke, Torrey, Pelliter and Nixey Callahan (manager and owner)
Logan Square baseball player F. Evanston standing on a field, 1910
Informal three-quarter length portrait of Logan Square baseball player F. Evanston standing on a field in Chicago, Illinois. Text on image reads: J. Evansen, Logan.
Baseball player Bob Meinke, Logan Square, swinging a baseball bat, 1909. Baseball History
Baseball player Torrey, Logan Square, following through after throwing a baseball 1909
Callahan's Logan Squares baseball player Heckinger, standing in a batting stance on a baseball field
1921 Photo Negative of Heckinger, semi-pro baseball player
[Baseball player Pelliteir, Logan Square, cocking his arm to throw a baseball].
Informal full-length portrait of baseball player Pelliteir of the Logan Square baseball team, cocking his arm to throw a baseball, standing on a baseball field in Chicago, Illinois. Grandstands are visible in the background, and building are partially visible beyond the grandstands on the left side of the image.
Baseball player Wallbruck, Logan Square, following through after throwing a baseball 1908. Baseball History
Baseball player, Ed Hughes, Logan Square baseball team 1907. SUMMARY
Informal full-length portrait of baseball player Ed Hughes of the Logan Square baseball team, holding a baseball in his baseball glove, standing in front of a wooden and chain-link fence on a baseball field in Chicago, Illinois. An unidentified man wearing a suit is holding a baseball bat in the background.
Baseball player, Ed Mallay, Logan Square baseball team 1907. Baseball player Ed Malley of the Logan Square baseball team, standing in foul territory next to the third baseline on a baseball field in Chicago, Illinois.
A star right-handed pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, in 1902 he pitched the first no hitter in American League baseball history
James Nixey Callahan
Pitcher, Right-handed Philadelphia Phillies 1894; Chicago Colts 1897-1901; Chicago White Sox 1901-1905, 1911-1913… born in Fitchburg Massachusetts on March 18 1894
Early baseball history wouldn’t be complete without a profile of James Joseph Callahan or as he was nicknamed – Nixey Callahan
A well-regard all-around athlete, Nixey Callahan pitched 9 games as a 20-year old rookie in 1894 for the Philadelphia Phillies, going 1-2 with a sky-high 9.89 earned run average (ERA) and then spent the next two seasons in the minors.
In 1897 he signed with the Chicago Colts, whose name was changed to the Cubs in 1902. In his first season with the team, he compiled a 12-9 w/l record, 4.03 ERA, completed 21-of-22 starts, and, as was expected of younger players during this era, played 71 other games – 30 as a second baseman, 18 at short, 21 in the outfield and 2 at third base. In 360 at bats that season, 1897, he hit .292 with 27 extra base hits and scored 60 runs.
For the Chicago Colts, Callahan went 20-10 in 1898 and 21-12 in 1899. After slipping to 13-16 in 1900 and faced with a pay cut, the 5-ft, 10.5-inch, 180-pounder signed with the Chicago White Sox of the newly formed American League.
In his first year in the AL, 1901, Callahan had a 15-8 record, a solid 2.42 ERA, completed 20-of-22 starts and hit .331 in a total of 45 games.
The next year he posted a 16-14 record and on September 20 1902 pitched the first no hitter in American League history. He allowed just 8 home runs in 282 1/3 innings.
The next season, 1903, he became the team’s playing manager, pitching only 3 games before shifting himself to 3rd base. In mid-season of 1904, with the Sox playing 42-33 ball, he was fired as manager and replaced with Fielder Jones, however, Callahan stayed on as a player. For the remainder of the 1904 season the Sox were 66-47, good for 2nd place, but 13 games behind the New York club.
In 1905 Callahan stole 4 bases in a single game, 26 for the season, and batted .272 in 93 games as an outfielder - then left the major leagues for six years. In 1908 he organized one of the top semi-pro baseball teams of all-time – The Logan Square semi-pro team on the Northwest Side of Chicago.
Callahan rejoined the White Sox as an outfielder at age 37 in 1911, batted .281 in 120 games and stole a career-best 45 bases. The next year he took over as the team’s player-manager and after three at the helm and a 6th place finish with a 70-84 record, he was fired and replaced with Clarence ‘Pants’ Rowland. In 1916-1917 Callahan managed the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Nixey Callahan career pitching stats: 99-73 record, 3.39 ERA, completed 169-of-177 starts, 33 homers allowed in 1603 innings. Batting record: .273 BA, 135 Ds, 46 Ts, 11 Hrs in 3298 at bats, 186 stolen bases… baseballhistorian.com
James J. Callahan, baseball player, Logan Square, following through after throwing a baseball 1907
Informal full-length portrait of James J. Callahan, baseball player for Logan Square, following through after throwing a baseball, standing in front of the bleachers at an athletic field in Chicago, Illinois. Spectators are sitting and standing in the bleachers and sitting on the field along the bleachers wall.