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MIKE WAS QUIET BUT HOW HE COULD BAT
jpm5 . CAFE
"Silent Mike" Tiernan is well
remembered by many a pitcher of
the '80's and '90's, as well as by
right fielders of the same period
and by thousands of fans, whose
idol he was.
Tiernan was just such a batter
as Sam Thompson and Dan
Brouthers. He was one of the
select few credited with driving
the ball over the right field fence
of Exposition park, Philadelphia.
He was one of the famous New
York team under John Ward, in
1888 and 1889.
Tiernan is living in "Little Old
New York;" he owns a modest
cafe and lives quietly on West
35th street. He says he is con
tent, which in itself is a great
thing, and he looks as if the world
had treated him well.
Tiernan was born in Trenton,
N. J., January 21, 1867. He play
ed his first professional baseball
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with Williamsport in 1884 and
the next year went to Trenton.
Jersey City had him in 1886 and
he joined the New York club in
1887, remaining 11 years. He
quit the game in 1898.
In addition, to being a terrific
hitter, most dangerous in a pinch,
Tiernan was a grand outfielder.
When in 1898 he caught his last
fly, he quit with the satisfaction
that he led the league outfielders
that year with the splendid per
centage of .986.
For eight years Tiernan hit
over .300. His best years were
1895 and 1896, when he batted
.354 and '.361 respectively.
Tiernan made the longest hit
recorded in his time and for years
afterwards. This is the story, as
Mike tells it:
"On May 12, 1890, Amos Rusie
was working- for us and 'Kid'
I Nichols for Boston. Both were