Baseball player, Nixey Callahan, Chicago White Sox, batting at home plate, South Side Park prior to game. 1905 Photo SUMMARY
Portrait of outfielder Nixey Callahan, American League's Chicago White Sox baseball player, standing at home plate with a bat over his shoulder and his right leg raised off the ground on the field at South Side Park, which was located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois. Other players are visible on the field in the background. A few spectators sitting in the stands are visible in the background. SDN-004170, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
James Joseph 'Nixey' Callahan was a phenomenally gifted all-around athlete. Nixey could run and throw with the best, and did of a lot of everything in the major leagues. He was a star outfielder, a star pitcher and a fine infielder while playing every position but catcher.
A two-time twenty game winner, the durable Nixey Callahan was one of the first National League players signed by Charles Comiskey and he helped the White Sox win the first AL pennant in 1901 by posting a 15-8 record with a brilliant 2.42 ERA. Callahan played 15 other games in the OF-IF, and batted .331 for the year. In 1902, he pitched the first no-hitter in American League history and gathered a 16-14 W-L record.
In 1903, the 28-year-old Callahan became the White Sox player- manager replacing Clark Griffin. Nixey pitched only 3-games that year - but hit .292 in 118 games, 102 of them at third base. He stayed with the White Sox until 1905, left the majors for over six years, to organize the then-famous Logan Square semi-pro team of Chicago. In 1911, at the age of 37, Nixey returned to the White Sox hit .281 in 120 games and stole 45 bases. The next season he became player-manager again and led the club to a 78-74 finish (4th place). He stayed with the club for two more seasons. Nixey Callahan's career pitching record 99-73, 3.39 ERA, started 177 games, completed 169 of them! Batting record .273 BA in 3295 at bats, 135 Ds, 46 Ts, 11 Hrs, 186 stolen bases, 442 runs, 394 RBIs. baseballhistorian.com - Archives