Henry McCormick

Inducted in 1998

  • Born in Syracuse, resided in Syracuse.
  • 1875: Plays with the Plaid Stockings of Geddes
  • 1875: Joins the Syracuse Stars, wins his first game as a pitcher.
  • In 1876: McCormick became the first known Syracusan to throw a curveball in a organized baseball game.
  • 1876: Continues with the Stars, pitching a total of 383 innings with 13 shutuouts.
  • 1877: With the Stars, McCormick pitches 898 innings, with 14 shutouts. Pitches against St. Louis Browns resulting in a 0-0 tie
  • 1878-1879: Pitches with the Stars, posts an earned run average of 1.04. On July 26, 1879 becomes first pitcher in the three year old history of the NL to win 1-0.
  • 1880-1984: Pitched for team in Albany, Worcester, Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Trenton. Is blacklisted from the Trenton team and repurchases his contract for $100.
  • 1885: After another brief stint with the Stars he becomes a bridge tender on the Erie Canal.
  • 1889: Dies on August 8th of cholera at age 33.
  • McCormick was the first Syracuse athlete to have a street named after him (McCormick Avenue in 1904)
  • 2003 - Inducted into the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame.