Bill Dinneen secured his place in Syracuse baseball history by becoming an outstanding pitcher then continuing his baseball life as an umpire. Dinneen was the star hurler for several organizations but peaked in the early 1900s. Dinneen won 20 games for the 1900 Boston Braves but really came into his own when he jumped to the Red Sox in 1902.
Dinneen became the first Syracuse native to play in the World Series in 1903. He won three of four decisions. Two of his victories, including the final game, were shutouts. He ended the World Series by striking out Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner.
His career statistics included a string of 337 consecutive innings pitched without relief (1904) and with the Boston Red Sox he threw a no-hitter against the White Sox on Sept. 27, 1905. Dinneen also completed 300 out of 389 games in his 12 seasons as a major league player and posted three straight seasons with 21 or more wins.
Dinneen went directly from pitching in the American League to umpiring in the league. During his 29 years as an AL umpire, he worked in 45 World Series games. He is the only Major League umpire who also pitched a no-hitter.
1890-1909: Star pitcher for the Syracuse Shamrocks (1890’s); Watson Team, Weedsport (1895); Toronto Maple Leafs (1895-1897); Washington Nationals (NL) (1898-1899); Boston Nationals (NL) (1900-1901); Boston Red Sox (AL) (1902-1906); St. Louis Browns (AL) (1907-1909)
1900: 20-game winner with the Boston Braves
1903: Helped Boston win the World Series by winning three of four decisions. Two victories, including the final game, were shutouts.
1904: Had a string of 337 consecutive innings without relief
1905: Pitched a no-hitter game against the White Sox
1909-1937: Worked as AL umpire. He worked in 45 World Series games and was behind home plate for five no hitters between 1910 and 1923.