Johnny Ryan (baseball)

John Joseph Ryan (1853–1902) was an American outfielder from 1873 to 1877 in the National Association and the National League. After retiring from baseball, Ryan joined the Philadelphia Police Department in March 1891, becoming a well-liked and respected officer.[1] Ryan suffered a fatal heart attack and died while on duty, after being kicked in the stomach while trying to arrest Charles Hemple, who started a fight in a pub.[1][2]

Johnny Ryan
Left fielder
Born: October 1853
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: March 22, 1902(1902-03-22) (aged 48)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Unknown
Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
August 19, 1873, for the Philadelphia White Stockings
Last MLB appearance
July 12, 1877, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting Average.208
Home Runs1


  1. ^ a b Russo, Frank (2006). Bury My Heart at Cooperstown: Salacious, Sad, and Surreal Deaths in the History of Baseball. United States: Triumph Books. p. 272. ISBN 1572438223.
  2. ^ ODMP memorial J.J. Ryan