Lefty O'Doul Stats

Lefty O'Doul was born on Thursday, March 4, 1897, in San Francisco, California. O'Doul was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 29, 1919, with the New York Yankees. 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 Lefty O'Doul baseball stats page.

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"A kid copies what is good. I remember the first time I saw Lefty O'Doul, and he was as far away as those palms. And I saw the guy come to bat in batting practice. I was looking through a knothole, and I said, 'Geez, does that guy look good!' And it was Lefty O'Doul, one of the greatest hitters ever.'' - Ted Williams in The Sporting News (1994)

Lefty O'Doul

Lefty O'Doul Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#130)

Lefty O'Doul Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#130)

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Birth Name:
Francis Joseph O'Doul
Nickname:
Lefty
Born On:
03-04-1897  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Francisco, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-07-1969 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
San Francisco, California
Cemetery:
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, California Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Bay View High School (San Francisco, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
04-29-1919 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-30-1934
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Lefty O'Doul Pitching Stats

1919 22 Yankees 3 0 2 0 0 .000 3.60 0 0 0 5.0 27 7 2 6 0 4 - 2 0 0 0 -
1920 23 Yankees 2 0 1 0 0 .000 4.91 0 0 0 3.2 17 4 2 2 0 2 - 2 0 1 0 -
1922 25 Yankees 6 0 6 0 0 .000 3.38 0 0 0 16.0 80 24 6 13 0 12 - 5 2 0 0 -
1923 26 Red Sox 23 1 17 1 1 .500 5.43 0 0 0 53.0 248 69 32 50 2 31 - 10 0 4 0 -
4 Years 34 1 26 1 1 .500 4.87 0 0 0 77.2 372 104 42 71 2 49 - 19 2 5 0 -

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Lefty O'Doul Hitting Stats

1919 22 Yankees 19 16 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250 .294 .250
1920 23 Yankees 13 12 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167 .231 .250
1922 25 Yankees 8 9 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .444
1923 26 Red Sox 36 35 2 5 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 3 2 0 0 0 .143 .189 .143
1928 31 Giants 114 354 67 113 19 4 8 0 46 30 0 8 6 0 0 0 .319 .372 .463
1929 32 Phillies 154 638 152 254 35 6 32 0 122 76 2 19 13 0 4 0 .398 .465 .622
1930 33 Phillies 140 528 122 202 37 7 22 0 97 63 3 21 10 0 5 7 .383 .453 .604
1931 34 Robins 134 512 85 172 32 11 7 0 75 48 6 16 1 0 3 6 .336 .396 .482
1932 35 Dodgers 148 595 120 219 32 8 21 0 90 50 3 20 5 0 7 11 .368 .423 .555
1933 36 Dodgers 43 159 14 40 5 1 5 0 21 15 1 6 0 0 1 3 .252 .320 .390
1933 36 Giants 78 229 31 70 9 1 9 0 35 29 4 17 1 0 2 7 .306 .388 .472
1934 37 Giants 83 177 27 56 4 3 9 1 46 18 1 7 1 0 1 0 .316 .383 .525
11 Years 970 3,264 624 1,140 175 41 113 1 542 333 20 122 39 0 23 34 .349 .413 .532

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Lefty O'Doul Fielding Stats

1919 Yankees P 3 0 15 2 0.7 1 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 1.80
1919 Yankees RF 1 0 11 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1920 Yankees CF 1 0 17 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1920 Yankees P 2 0 11 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1922 Yankees P 6 0 48 5 0.8 5 1 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.81
1923 Red Sox P 23 1 159 24 1.0 23 2 21 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 3.91
1923 Red Sox RF 1 0 18 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1928 Giants LF 94 83 2,070 159 1.7 153 149 4 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.00
1929 Phillies LF 138 137 3,442 302 2.2 294 282 12 8 5 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.31
1929 Phillies RF 16 16 432 40 2.5 38 36 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .950 2.38
1930 Phillies LF 131 124 3,264 278 2.1 265 262 3 13 1 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.19
1931 Robins LF 132 131 381 303 2.3 289 285 4 14 0 n/a n/a n/a .954 20.48
1932 Dodgers LF 148 148 435 328 2.2 321 317 4 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 19.92
1933 Dodgers LF 41 40 1,086 94 2.3 89 88 1 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.21
1933 Giants LF 32 28 621 58 1.8 56 54 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.43
1933 Giants RF 31 29 420 58 1.9 57 55 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 3.66
1934 Giants LF 27 26 570 48 1.8 46 45 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.18
1934 Giants RF 11 10 213 15 1.4 15 15 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.90
LF Totals 743 717 11,869 1,570 2.1 1,513 1,482 31 57 6 n/a n/a n/a .964 3.44
RF Totals 60 55 1,094 114 1.9 111 107 4 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.74
P Totals 34 1 233 31 0.9 29 3 26 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .935 3.36
CF Totals 1 0 17 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
11 Years 838 773 13,213 1,715 2.0 1,653 1,592 61 62 7 n/a n/a n/a .964 3.38

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Lefty O'Doul Miscellaneous Stats

1919 Yankees 1 0 1.000 12 0 n/a 0.0 8.0 16.0 0.50 3.60 7.20
1920 Yankees 0 0 .000 10 0 n/a 0.0 12.0 12.0 1.00 4.91 4.91
1922 Yankees 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 4.5 2.3 0.42 2.81 6.75
1923 Red Sox 0 0 .000 12 0 n/a 0.0 11.7 8.8 0.32 1.70 5.26
1928 Giants 9 0 1.000 9 11 n/a 44.3 44.3 7.7 - - -
1929 Phillies 2 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 19.9 33.6 5.2 - - -
1930 Phillies 3 11 .214 9 0 n/a 24.0 25.1 5.4 - - -
1931 Robins 5 11 .313 2 0 n/a 73.1 32.0 6.8 - - -
1932 Dodgers 11 4 .733 0 0 n/a 28.3 29.8 6.6 - - -
1933 Dodgers 2 3 .400 2 0 n/a 31.8 26.5 7.6 - - -
1933 Giants 1 7 .125 15 0 n/a 25.4 13.5 6.5 - - -
1934 Giants 2 2 .500 45 0 n/a 19.7 25.3 3.8 - - -
11 Years 36 38 .486 118 11 n/a 28.9 26.8 6.0 0.39 2.20 5.68

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Lefty O'Doul Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1919 New York Yankees n/a $1,800.00 n/a -
1920 New York Yankees n/a $2,700.00 n/a -
1922 New York Yankees n/a $4,500.00 n/a -
1923 Boston Red Sox n/a $5,000.00 n/a -
1928 New York Giants n/a $7,500.00 n/a -
1929 Philadelphia Phillies n/a $8,000.00 n/a -
1930 Philadelphia Phillies n/a $8,500.00 n/a -
1931 Brooklyn Robins n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1932 Brooklyn Dodgers 6 Undetermined n/a -
1933 Brooklyn Dodgers 6 Undetermined - -
1933 New York Giants 16 Undetermined Stats Stats
1934 New York Giants 16 Undetermined - -
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Lefty O'Doul is truly instrumental in spreading baseball's popularity in Japan, serving as the sport's goodwill ambassador before and after World War II. The one time starting pitcher, who went on to win two batting titles (1929 & 1932) as an outfielder , traveled on a regular basis to Japan and is a vital figure in the establishment of professional baseball in Japan. So vital, in fact, that in 2002, O'Doul became the first former Major League ballplayer enshrined in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Lefty O'Doul | 1980 R.G. Laughlin Baseball Card (#31) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that Lefty O'Doul, who had 254 hits with Philadelphia in 1929 , broke the Phillies record for hits in a season set by hall of famer Ed Delahanty , who had 238 hits in 1899 ? Too easy? Did you know that 254-hit season was also a National League all-time record which, to this day, has yet to be broken? [ Hits Records / MLB.com ]

Who was the first player Ted Williams asked for advice? Lefty O'Doul! "As a teenager growing up in San Diego, Ted Williams never forgot the first time he laid eyes on O'Doul. 'I saw him come to bat in batting practice,' Williams said. 'I was looking through a knothole, and I said, 'Geez, does that guy look good.' It was my first look at an all-time great. A kid copies what he sees. ... If he never sees it, he'll never know. He was the first guy I ever asked for advice.'" [Source: MLB.com, Dan Holmes, February 26, 2007, Full Story .]

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