Neil Deighan

 

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NEIL F. DEIGHAN SR.

Born: July 7, 1892
Place: Florence, New Jersey
Died: May 1967
Place: Camden, New Jersey

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Positions:
Catcher
Right Field

Team:
Madisonville Miners, 1922

 

A New Jersey native, Neil Deighan was player-manager of the Madisonville Miners in 1922. At the time, he was also under contract with the Louisville Colonels. In the local newspaper, his club was unofficially called "Deighan's Devils."

Unfortunately, it's impossible (at the time this profile was written) to know how well Deighan did as a batter because the Kitty League failed to compile official statistics for the 1922 season. On June 15, he was hitting .342 in 111 at-bats.

In a game at Madisonville's Grove Park on June 18, Deighan started and completed a triple play against the Cairo Egyptians. 

The Miners held a four-run lead as Cairo came to bat in the eighth inning. A leadoff walk, double, and single scored a run and narrowed the score 6-3 and no outs. With runners on first and third, Cairo first baseman Abel hit a ground ball down the third base line. The ball was fair, skipped foul, then rolled back into fair territory. Catcher Deighan fielded the ball and threw to first base, getting a slow-moving Abel for the first out. Freshour, first baseman for Madisonville, saw the runner on third coming home to score and threw the ball back to Deighan, who nailed him at the plate for the second out. Cairo player/manager George Hughes, who was running to second, neglected to call time and instinctively left the base path to argue with the umpire at home plate. Deighan saw this mistake and rushed at Hughes with the ball, tagging him for the third out!

Deighan led the Miners to a first-place finish with a 73-59 record and an impressive 11.5 game lead over the Hopkinsville Hoppers. But his club was disqualified for having an ineligible player on its roster and ineligible to claim the second-half title and the pennant.

For more details about Deighan's life and sports career, please see his page as one of Camden, New Jersey's Interesting People.

 

 

Kitty League Batting Statistics

YEAR CLUB BA G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
1922 Madisonville

 

 

 

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