Emmett McCann, second-baseman/first-baseman
Louisville Colonels: 1923
Columbus Senators: 1926-30
Indianapolis Indians: 1931-32
St. Paul Saints: 1933
Today is the 75th anniversary of the tragic suicide of an American Association standout. Emmett McCann killed himself on April 15, 1937 at the age of 35 in Philadelphia, Pennsyvania, his home town. He reportedly shot himself at the Karakung Golf Course at Cobbs Creek Park, according to Baseball Necrology. He had been ill for some time, according to reports.
McCann was 21 years of age when he first joined the ranks of the American Association as a member of the Louisville Colonels in 1923, according to baseball-reference.com. A second-baseman throughout the first half of his 15-year minor league career, McCann became a first-baseman with the Columbus Senators in 1928. He also managed the Indianapolis Indians as a player-manager from 1931-32 and the St. Paul Saints in 1933 when he appeared in 14 games as a second baseman.
McCann’s best season in the Association came as a Senator in 1930 when he batted .335 in 617 at-bats. That year he hit four home runs, nine triples and 37 doubles, ranking ninth in the league.
His cumulative minor league batting average stood at .307 in his 15 seasons, posting a .309 mark in service to Class AA clubs, including his four American Association clubs. He was also an adept base stealer, committing 23 swipes in 1926 to lead Columbus, and again at the top of the heap for the Senators with 28 steals in 1930, leading the club that year as well.
May we recall Robert Emmett McCann as a tragic figure in baseball on the 75th anniversary of his death.