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Daniel McCabe

In July of 1884, thirteen year old Danny McCabe lost his arm in a saw mill accident. Three years later In 1887, he made his pitching debut with the Ashburnham Astonishers, the start of a 21 year baseball career in which he was the best pitcher and hitter in Peterborough. In 1899, for instance, McCabe averaged more than 10 strike-outs per game and had a .567 batting average. In that same year the strapping six footer “one-armed” six of the Petes seven home runs. In the late 1890’s McCabe played for several semi-pro teams including a stint in the International League with Quebec before playing out the last eight years of his career back in Peterborough.  He also starred locally in soccer and hockey.  Dan McCabe had an inside view of the   evolution of the game of baseball, from the formation of the Canadian Amateur Baseball Association; the introduction of the curve ball; competition moving from exhibition games to league play; equipment and rule changes; all of which contributed to the modern day game.  Upon retirement in 1909,  McCabe bowed out of the local sports scene as a player and took up managing, umpiring and acting as a professional baseball scout.  Daniel McCabe’s athletic exploits were truly inspirational.

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