John Francis Dwyer (March 25, 1868 – February 4, 1943) was an American right-handed pitcher and manager in Major League Baseball with the Chicago White Stockings (1888–1889), Chicago Pirates (1890), Cincinnati Kelly's Killers (1891), Milwaukee Brewers (1891), St. Louis Browns (1892) and Cincinnati Reds (1892–1899).

Frank Dwyer
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Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1868-03-25)March 25, 1868
Lee, Massachusetts
Died: February 4, 1943(1943-02-04) (aged 74)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1888, for the Chicago White Stockings
Last MLB appearance
July 24, 1899, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–loss record176-152
Earned run average3.85
Win–loss record52–83
Winning %.385
'As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
  • 2 20-win seasons


He was born on March 25, 1868.

He led the National League in saves (2) in 1893 and home runs allowed (27) in 1894.

In 12 seasons he had a 176–152 win-loss record, 365 games (318 started), 270 complete games, 12 shutouts, 6 saves, 2,810 innings pitched, 3,301 hits allowed, 1,782 runs allowed, 1,202 earned runs allowed, 109 home runs allowed, 764 walks allowed, 563 strikeouts, and a 3.85 ERA. On June 23, 1896, Dwyer gave up Roger Connor's 123rd homer, breaking Harry Stovey's previous record of 122. Connor's record of 138 would eventually be broken by Babe Ruth.

Dwyer became a member of the Reds after making light of St. Louis owner Chris von der Ahe in the newspaper. Von der Ahe released him and fined him $100, though Dwyer said he could have been sold to another ball club for $1,500.[1]

He later served as the second manager of the Detroit Tigers, managing for one season in 1902. Dwyer briefly umpired in the NL in 1899 and 1901, and in American League in 1904; during which he umpired Cy Young's perfect game.

He died on February 4, 1943 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at the age of 74.

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