[this is the eighty-sixth installment in the double dippers posts. here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike maddux, jon garland, chan ho park, vicente romo, gene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moeller, dioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirley, randy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaver, ted sizemore, orel hershiser, tom goodwin, joe ferguson, eddie murray, matt luke, ken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grote, don sutton, ralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessens, guillermo mota, joe beckwith, jamie hoffmann, babe herman, joe medwick, juan castro, ron perranoski, clyde king, paul waner, hughie jennings, ron negray, broadway aleck smith, george smith, johnny cooney, jim fairey, frenchy bordagaray, doc casey, waite hoyt, luis olmo, clyde sukeforth, willie keeler, harry howell, germany smith, johnny allen, marv rackley, bobo newsom, maury wills, dazzy vance, ray hayworth, zack taylor, john cronin, art herring, brian falkenborg, bill reidy, john anderson, vito tamulis, wally hood, jim bruske, and bill dahlen.]
donovan first joined the bridegrooms during the 1890 season - their first in the national league. he hit .219 in 28 games during the regular season, but then hit .471 in the world series against the louisville colonels. the colonels must have been impressed, because donovan spent the 1891 season with them in the american association. he was back in the national league in 1892, however, and he remained there through 1903, playing mostly for the pirates and cardinals. after spending the 1904 season in the american league with the senators, donovan returned to the senior circuit as a member of the brooklyn superbas in 1906.
although, like bill dahlen, donovan returned to brooklyn as the team's manager, he got himself into the lineup a few times as he hit .238 in 7 games for brooklyn in 1906, and even appeared in one game for them the following season, and that was enough to cement his status as a double dipper. in case you are wondering, donovan also managed the red sox (appropriate for an irish-born baseball man), so that's why he's wearing a red sox uniform on the card shown above.