Michael Tresh Jr (February 23, 1914 – October 4, 1966)[1] was a professional baseball catcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox (1938–1948) and Cleveland Indians (1949). Tresh batted and threw right-handed.[2] His son, Tom, also played in the big leagues, from 1961 to 1969.

Mike Tresh
Mike Tresh.jpg
Born: (1914-02-23)February 23, 1914
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Died: October 4, 1966(1966-10-04) (aged 52)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1938, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1949, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.249
Home runs2
Runs batted in297
Career highlights and awards

In a 12-season career, Tresh posted a .249 batting average with two home runs and 297 RBI in 1027 games played. His best season was 1940, when he batted .281 with 64 RBIs, 62 runs, and 135 hits—all career-highs. Tresh was durable enough to catch all 150 White Sox games in 1945, and is just one of three 20th century catchers to catch every one of an MLB team's games in a season. The others are Frankie Hayes (Philadelphia Phillies) and Ray Mueller (Cincinnati Reds), each with 155 games caught in 1944.

After having suffered from a heart attack earlier in the year,[3] Tresh died from cancer at the age of 52 in Detroit, Michigan,[4][5] and is interred at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, Michigan.[6]

Early lifeEdit

Tresh was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania[7] to Michael Tresh, a Galician immigrant, and Mary, a Pennsylvania native. He grew up with three sisters; Anna, Katherine, and Margaret. In the 1920s, his family moved from Pennsylvania to Detroit, and Michael worked as a truck driver before becoming a baseball player. [8][9] In the late 1930s, he moved in with his wife Doris's family in Allen Park, where his wife gave birth to their son, Thomas Michael Tresh.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 7: September, 1964-August, 1967. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1968. (BioIn 7) Who's Who in Professional Baseball. By Gene Karst and Martin J. Jones, Jr. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House Publishers, 1973. (WhoProB)
  2. ^ Ancestry.com. U.S., Professional Baseball Player Profiles, 1876-2004 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004
  3. ^ "Funeral Services for Tresh's Father". The Californian. 5 Oct 1966. p. 26. Retrieved 8 Feb 2022.
  4. ^ Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  5. ^ "Rites Thursday for Mike Tresh". The Minneapolis Star. 5 Oct 1966. p. 82. Retrieved 8 Feb 2022.
  6. ^ "Mike Tresh". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  7. ^ National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Michigan, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 1216
  8. ^ Year: 1920; Census Place: Hazelton Ward 4, Luzerne, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1593; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 75
  9. ^ Year: 1930; Census Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 0817; FHL microfilm: 2340799
  10. ^ Year: 1940; Census Place: Allen Park, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: m-t0627-01827; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 82-48A

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