|Born: June 6, 1864|
|Died: August 16, 1919 (aged 55)|
|April 16, 1887, for the Cleveland Blues|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 27, 1899, for the St. Louis Perfectos|
|Runs batted in||1,124|
Edwin John McKean (June 6, 1864 - August 16, 1919) was an American professional baseball shortstop. He played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the National League's Cleveland Spiders.
Born in Grafton, Ohio, McKean began his professional baseball career in 1884 with the Youngstown, Ohio club in the minor league Iron & Oil Association. After two more seasons in the minors, he was signed by the Cleveland Blues of the American Association, and became the club's starting shortstop in their first year as a major league team. He remained in that position for the franchise (which was renamed the Spiders in 1889) for nearly its entire existence.
With Cleveland, McKean had over 120 games played and 540 plate appearances every year from 1887 to 1898. He was second in the National League in hits in 1891, with 170. In 1893, he was second in the National League in runs batted in, with 133.
Prior to the 1899 season, the Spiders transferred most of their best players to the St. Louis Perfectos, including McKean. This was legal at the time, and both teams were owned by the same group led by the Robison brothers. On May 12, 1899, McKean hit a walk-off home run against the Spiders while technically being the visiting team. This feat was not accomplished again until Amed Rosario did it for the New York Mets against the New York Yankees in 2020. However, McKean did not perform up to expectations and was let go in July. The following season, the Spiders folded, and such shenanigans were outlawed.
During his MLB career, McKean had a total of 67 home runs, 2,084 hits, and 1,124 runs batted in and owned a lifetime batting average of .302. He recorded three seasons with over 110 runs scored and four seasons with over 110 runs batted in.
After not playing professionally for two years, McKean returned to play in the minor leagues in 1902 as player-manager of the Rochester Bronchos. He spent several more years in the minors and retired following the 1908 season.