Tom Kinslow

American baseball player

Thomas F. Kinslow (January 12, 1866 – February 22, 1901) was a professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1886 until 1898. He played the position catcher. He played for eight teams in his ten-season career. He played four of his eight seasons with the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. During his playing days, his height was listed at 5-foot-10-inch (1.78 m), his weight was 160-pound (73 kg). He batted and threw right-handed, and had blonde hair.[1]

Tom Kinslow
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Born: (1866-01-12)January 12, 1866
Washington, D.C.
Died: February 22, 1901(1901-02-22) (aged 35)
Washington, D.C.
Batted: Right Threw: Right
June 4, 1886, for the Washington Nationals
Last appearance
September 3, 1898, for the St. Louis Browns
Career statistics
Batting average.266
Home runs12
Runs batted in222

Early lifeEdit

Thomas Kinslow was born on January 12, 1866 in Washington, D.C..[2] His father, Michael worked as a laborer and an ice dealer.[3][4] His father later worked in the oyster business.[5] He began playing baseball around the neighborhood on a team known as the "Quicks".[6] Kinslow also played with a team called the Falcons.[7][8]

Baseball careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Kinslow made his MLB debut with the Washington Nationals on June 4, 1886 as their starting catcher.[2][9] He injured his finger in the third inning trying to catch a bad pitch thrown by Bob Barr, and had to leave the game.[9] On June 15, he was again injured by a Barr pitch, and forced to leave the game with a dislocated finger.[10] He played in three games for the Nationals in 1886, collecting two hits in eight at bats.[2]


Kinslow played the next two seasons for the Tecumsehs, and had a batting average of .200 in 1888. In 1889, he improved is batting average to .343.[11] In 1890, he signed with Ward's Wonders of Brooklyn. During the season, he had a batting average of .264, and caught 64 games.[2][12] On June 28, he hit the first home run of his career in a game against Henry Gruber.[13] Later, on July 11, he hit two home runs in the same game off of George Keefe.[13]


  1. "Baseball". The Austin Weekly Statesman. August 25, 1887.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Tom Kinslow". Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  3. "1870 United States Federal Census about Thomas Kinslow". Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  4. "1880 United States Federal Census about Thomas Kinslow". Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  5. "Thos. F. Kinslow". Evening Star. March 6, 1893.
  6. ""Tom" Kinslow Dead". Evening Star (Washington, D.C.). February 22, 1901.
  7. "1885 London Cockneys". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  8. "The Season Opened". The Evening Critic (Washington, D.C.). May 1, 1885.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Notes". Evening Star. June 5, 1886.
  10. "The Ball Players". Evening Star. June 16, 1886.
  11. "Tom Kinslow (minors)". Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  12. "The 1890 Brooklyn Wonders Regular Season Roster". Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Tom Kinslow Career Home Runs". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 14, 2013.