John Bannerman McLean (July 18, 1881 – March 14, 1921) was a professional baseball catcher between 1901 until 1915. He was killed on March 14, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, when he was shot by a bartender during a barroom brawl.
During his years in Major League Baseball, he played for five different teams. Originally beginning his career with the Boston Americans, his final professional game was played with the New York Giants on June 6, 1915. In his thirteen-year career, McLean posted a .262 batting average, which included six home runs and 298 RBIs in 862 games played. Known for his heavy drinking and violent behavior, McLean's career ended after a 1915 brawl with New York Giants manager John McGraw and coach Dick Kinsella.
At 6'5", McLean still holds the record as being the tallest catcher in major league history.
By Dean Hanley
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