NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 22-Art Devlin
Art Devlin attended Georgetown University playing both baseball and football for all four seasons, including in the year 1900 when he was a team captain. He was another member of the New York Giants from 1904 until 1911 before heading to the Boston Braves.
As a third baseman, Devlin was still able to show his speed. He stole 59 bases in 1905, which helped him reach 266 total stolen bases.
Despite just 10 career home runs, it had a .365 on-base percentage with a strikeout rate below 6 percent. So although he wasn’t a power hitter, he was still very productive and used his speed.
Frank Graham once called Devlin the best third baseman to put on a Giants uniform, so he certainly made a great impact on the Giants’ 1905 World Series championship team in just his second season in the majors with the club.
After his playing career, Devlin became a coach for Fordham University in New York in the early 1920s. Devlin also was a football coach in 1902 and 1903 for the North Carolina A&M Aggies where he coached to a 7-8-2 record. He would end up passing away in Jersey City, New Jersey just before he turned 69 years old.