April 5 – Happy Birthday Wid Conroy

conroy.jpegToday’s birthday celebrant was the first starting third baseman in Yankee franchise history. His name was William Edward Conroy but he was better known to everyone as Wid. He was born In Philadelphia on April 5, 1877. After the 1902 season, he jumped from the National League’s pennant winning Pittsburgh Pirates to the new AL franchise in the Big Apple which was then known as the Highlanders. On Opening Day of the 1903 season, he batted sixth in the Highlander’s first ever lineup. During his six seasons playing for New York, Conroy was one of the teams better offensive players. He had decent power, leading New York in home runs with 4 during the 1906 season. He was also a good base runner and gifted base stealer. In fact, old Wid is still tied for sixth place on the Yankee franchise’s all-time list of stolen bases with 186. In 1909, the Yankees sold Conroy to the Senators, where he finished his playing career in 1911.

Conroy was New York’s starting third baseman for three of his six seasons on the team, playing mostly in the outfield the rest of the time. Here’s the list of top five Yankee third baseman by the number of years they started at the hot corner for New York:

1. Graig Nettles – 11 seasons
2. Alex Rodriguez – 10 seasons (including 2012)
3. Joe Dugan – 7 seasons
3. Red Rolfe – 7 seasons
3. Clete Boyer – 7 seasons

Other Yankees born on this date include this former reliever and this 1960 AL Rookie of the Year.

These are Wid Conroy’s career stats and seasonal stats as a Yankee:

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1903 NYY 126 548 503 74 137 23 12 1 45 33 32 36 .272 .322 .372 .694
1904 NYY 140 556 489 58 119 18 12 1 52 30 43 57 .243 .314 .335 .649
1905 NYY 101 424 385 55 105 19 11 2 25 25 32 47 .273 .329 .395 .723
1906 NYY 148 632 567 67 139 17 10 4 54 32 47 67 .245 .303 .332 .635
1907 NYY 140 572 530 58 124 12 11 3 51 41 30 45 .234 .279 .315 .594
1908 NYY 141 568 531 44 126 22 3 1 39 23 14 54 .237 .258 .296 .554
11 Yrs 1374 5592 5061 605 1257 176 82 22 452 262 345 481 .248 .301 .329 .629
NYY (6 yrs) 796 3300 3005 356 750 111 59 12 266 184 198 306 .250 .299 .338 .637
WSH (3 yrs) 348 1328 1188 120 289 35 11 4 75 47 87 92 .243 .298 .301 .600
PIT (1 yr) 99 404 365 55 89 10 6 1 47 10 24 41 .244 .299 .312 .612
MLA (1 yr) 131 560 503 74 129 20 6 5 64 21 36 42 .256 .316 .350 .666
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/14/2014.

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