Buck O'Brien Stats

Buck O'Brien was born on Tuesday, May 9, 1882, in Brockton, Massachusetts. O'Brien was 29 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 9, 1911, with the Boston Red Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Buck O'Brien baseball stats page.

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"Asked by a sportswriter in January 1912 which pitcher was giving him the most trouble in the American League, Ty Cobb Opening Fenway Park with Style: The 1912 Champion Red Sox (2012 May 11. SABR Publishing. Buck O'Brien . Page 132.)

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Birth Name:
Thomas Joseph O'Brien
Nickname:
Buck
Born On:
05-09-1882  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Brockton, Massachusetts
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-25-1959 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Boston, Massachusetts
Cemetery:
New Calvary Cemetery, Mattapan, Massachusetts
High School:
St. Patricks Catholic School (Brockton, MA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
188
First Game:
09-09-1911 (Age 29)
Last Game:
08-06-1913
Draft:
Not Applicable

Buck O'Brien

Buck O'Brien Pitching Stats

1911 29 Red Sox 6 5 1 5 1 .833 0.38 5 2 0 47.2 189 30 2 9 0 21 - 31 0 1 0 -
1912 30 Red Sox 37 34 2 20 13 .606 2.58 25 2 0 275.2 1,100 237 79 107 3 90 - 115 5 10 1 -
1913 31 Red Sox 15 12 2 4 9 .308 3.69 6 0 0 90.1 373 103 37 42 0 35 - 54 1 0 0 -
1913 31 White Sox 6 3 2 0 2 .000 3.93 0 0 0 18.1 79 21 8 14 0 13 - 4 0 0 0 -
3 Years 64 54 7 29 25 .537 2.63 36 4 0 432.0 1,741 391 126 172 3 159 - 204 6 11 1 -

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Buck O'Brien Hitting Stats

1911 29 Red Sox 6 16 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 - .125 .125 .188
1912 30 Red Sox 37 94 4 13 1 1 0 0 6 6 0 27 4 0 0 - .138 .190 .170
1913 31 Red Sox 15 30 2 5 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 9 1 0 0 - .167 .242 .200
1913 31 White Sox 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - .000 .000 .000
3 Years 64 143 6 20 3 1 0 0 8 9 0 40 5 0 0 - .140 .191 .175

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Buck O'Brien Fielding Stats

1911 Red Sox P 6 5 143 17 2.8 17 3 14 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.21
1912 Red Sox P 37 34 827 98 2.6 93 10 83 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .949 3.04
1913 Red Sox P 15 12 271 30 2.0 30 1 29 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.99
1913 White Sox P 6 3 55 5 0.8 5 1 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.45
P Totals 64 54 1,296 150 2.3 145 15 130 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .967 3.02
3 Years 64 54 1,296 150 2.3 145 15 130 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .967 3.02

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Buck O'Brien Miscellaneous Stats

1911 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 16.0 1.48 5.85 3.97
1912 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 15.7 1.28 3.75 2.94
1913 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 30.0 1.54 5.38 3.49
1913 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.31 1.96 6.38
3 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 17.9 1.28 4.25 3.31

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Buck O'Brien Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1911 Boston Red Sox n/a $3,500.00 n/a -
1912 Boston Red Sox n/a $4,200.00 n/a Stats
1913 Boston Red Sox n/a $5,000.00 n/a -
1913 Chicago White Sox n/a "     " n/a -
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Did you know that Buck O'Brien threw the first pitch in the first baseball game played in Fenway Park ? The green cathedral is located in Boston, Massachusetts, at 4 Yawkey Way, near Kenmore Square, and was christened on April 20, 1912, when 27,000 fans watched the Boston Red Sox defeat the New York Highlanders ( Yankees ) 7-6 in eleven innings.
Fenway Park First Baseball Game
Fenway Park First Game | Buck O'Brien First Pitch | The Washington Post | April 21, 1912

Did you know that when Buck O'Brien was charged with a balk, in Game 6 , of the 1912 World Series , it was the first balk ever committed during a Fall Classic ? That mistake even affected his career:

O'Brien was a big star with the Boston Red Sox in 1912 , when that team won the American League pennant and then whipped the New York Giants for the world's title. With the Boston club under Jake Stahl , O'Brien won eighteen of thirty-one games pitched, which was a great help in the winning of the flag for the Red Sox . He was in the list of the leading pitchers of the league, finishing with an average of .581. Jack Hendricks had O'Brien at Denver one season and knows the value of the big right hander.

It is said that O'Brien was dropped from the Red Sox last spring because of a quarrel with manager Jake Stahl , which had it's beginning in the world's series of 1912 . O'Brien worked in two games of the championship series and an unintentional costly balk, made in the first inning of the second game (Baseball Almanac Note: It was in the first inning, of Game 6 , O'Brien did not pitch in Game 2 ), is given as the reason for the pitcher's release.

Source: The Indianapolis Star. 28 Mar 1914. Eddie Ash. O'BRIEN SIGNS INDIAN CONTRACT. Page 12.

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Buck O'Brien | 1912 T207 Baseball Card (#240 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection

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