Roger Bresnahan
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1879
Date of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Baseball player/manager, politician, hotelier
Spouse: Adeleen Lidke (divorced), Gertrude Norenberg
Children: Marian
Sports Team: Washington Senators (1897)
Chicago Orphans (1900)
Baltimore Orioles (1901–1902)
New York Giants (1902–1908)
St. Louis Cardinals (1909–1912)
Chicago Cubs (1913–1915)
Detroit Tigers (1930–1931, as coach)
Political Party: Democratic Party
Fictional Appearances:
"Under Coogan's Bluff"
Type of Appearance: Direct

Roger Philip Bresnahan (June 11, 1879 – December 4, 1944), nicknamed "The Duke of Tralee", was an American player and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). He specialized as a catcher, and in 1911 was issued a citation for antagonizing batters with verbal abuse. As a player, Bresnahan competed in MLB for the Washington Senators (1897), Chicago Orphans (1900), Baltimore Orioles (1901–02), New York Giants (1902–1908), St. Louis Cardinals (1909–1912) and Chicago Cubs (1913–1915). Bresnahan also managed the Cardinals (1909–1912) and Cubs (1915). He was a member of the 1905 World Series champions.

After retiring as a player, Bresnahan owned the minor league Toledo Mud Hens and coached for the Giants and Detroit Tigers. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 by the Veterans Committee.

Roger Bresnahan in "Under Coogan's Bluff"[]

Roger Bresnahan caught for the New York Giants in their 1905 game against the Los Angeles Angels from 2040. Bresnahan proved himself to be a racist during the game. For example, he taunted Joshua Kaplan for not being able to hit Christy Mathewson's screwball pitch, adding an anti-Semitic slur. Kaplan responded with an anti-Irish slur at Bresnahan.

Bresnahan was the first batter for Giants. He taunted Keyshawn Fredericks, the Angels' pitcher, and a Black man, with a racial slur. Fredericks responded by throwing several fast pitches, nearly beaning Bresnahan in the process. Umpire Hank O'Day intervened, reminding Bresnahan that the future team played Black people. He also ordered Fredericks to stop his pitches, as he'd made his point. Bresnahan finally hit the ball, but it went to second base, and Kaplan was able to help throw him out.

The Angels won, 3-1.[1]