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John Arthur Halla (May 13, 1884 – September 30, 1947) was a professional baseball pitcher from 1902 to 1917. He played one season in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Naps. Halla was 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed 175 pounds.[1]

John Halla
John Halla 1911.jpeg
Born: (1884-05-13)May 13, 1884
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: September 30, 1947(1947-09-30) (aged 63)
El Segundo, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 18, 1905, for the Cleveland Naps
Last MLB appearance
August 29, 1905, for the Cleveland Naps
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0-0
Earned run average2.84


A baseball card depicting Halla

Halla was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1884.[1] He started his professional baseball career in 1902 with the Jefferson City Convicts of the Missouri Valley League. In 1904, he had a win–loss record of 20-19 for the MVL's Pittsburg Coal Diggers. The following season, he went 15-11 in the Western Association and was sold to the Cleveland Naps in August.[2][3]

Halla made three relief appearances for Cleveland, pitching 12.2 innings and giving up four earned runs. That was the only major league experience of his career.[1] He began the 1906 season with the Ohio–Pennsylvania League's Sharon Steels but then joined the Western Association's Topeka White Sox after losing four of his first five decisions.[2][4]

With Topeka, Halla went 10-3 for the rest of the season. In 1907, he stayed with the same club and went 24-9 to set a career-high in victories.[2] He pitched a no-hitter on August 1 of that year.[5]

Halla was then purchased by the American Association's Louisville Colonels and stayed with them for the next three seasons.[2][6] In 1908, Halla had a win-loss record of 23-16 while pitching 336 innings, and in 1909, he went 17-12.[2] However, he then went 10-23 in 1910 to lead the league in losses.[7] He went to the Pacific Coast League for two seasons after that and posted two more losing records.[2]

Halla bounced around various minor leagues until 1917. In his final season, he went 18-15 for the Western League's Lincoln Links. He finished his professional baseball career with 195 wins and 166 losses, all in the minors.[2]

Halla died in El Segundo, California, in 1947 and was buried in Pacific Crest Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "John Halla Statistics and History". Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "John Halla Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Western Association". Sporting Life. August 26, 1905. p. 16.
  4. ^ "Western Association". Sporting Life. July 28, 1906. p. 14.
  5. ^ "The Western Association". Sporting Life. August 17, 1907. p. 25.
  6. ^ "The Reserves". Sporting Life. October 12, 1907. p. 14.
  7. ^ "1910 American Association Pitching Leaders". Retrieved October 19, 2011.

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