Steve O'Neill Stats

Steve O'Neill was born on Monday, July 6, 1891, in Minooka, Pennsylvania. O'Neill was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 18, 1911, with the Cleveland Naps. 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 Steve O'Neill baseball stats page.

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"He (Steve O'Neill) got into professional baseball by accident. He had been working in the mines and catching for an amateur team in Minook when in 1910 he got an invitation to visit his brother, Mike , who then was managing the Elmira team in the New York State League. When he arrived he found Elmira's two catchers had been injured and the club couldn't afford to get another backstop. 'It looks like it's up to you,' Mike told Steve, 'Get in there and catch.'" - New York Times (01/17/1962, 'Steve O'Neil, Former Manager of 4 Baseball Teams, Dies at 69', AP Wire)

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Birth Name:
Stephen Francis O'Neill
Nickname:
Steve
Born On:
07-06-1891  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Minooka, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-26-1962 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Cleveland, Ohio
Cemetery:
St. Joseph's Cemetery, Scranton Pennsylvania
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
165
First Game:
09-18-1911 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-14-1928
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Steve O'Neill Pitching Stats

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Steve O'Neill Hitting Stats

1911 20 Naps 9 27 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 4 - - 1 - 1 - .148 .281 .185
1912 21 Naps 69 215 17 49 4 0 0 0 14 12 - - 5 - 1 - .228 .272 .247
1913 22 Naps 80 234 19 69 13 3 0 0 29 10 - 24 7 - 2 - .295 .329 .376
1914 23 Naps 87 269 28 68 12 2 0 0 20 15 - 35 2 - 0 - .253 .292 .312
1915 24 Indians 121 386 32 91 14 2 2 0 34 26 - 41 9 - 5 - .236 .293 .298
1916 25 Indians 130 378 30 89 23 0 0 0 29 24 - 33 11 - 4 - .235 .288 .296
1917 26 Indians 129 370 21 68 10 2 0 0 29 41 - 55 14 - 4 - .184 .272 .222
1918 27 Indians 114 359 34 87 8 7 1 0 35 48 - 22 6 - 7 - .242 .343 .312
1919 28 Indians 125 398 46 115 35 7 2 0 47 48 - 21 10 - 5 - .289 .373 .427
1920 29 Indians 149 489 63 157 39 5 3 0 55 69 - 39 15 - 3 - .321 .408 .440
1921 30 Indians 106 335 39 108 22 1 1 0 50 57 - 22 11 - 2 - .322 .424 .403
1922 31 Indians 133 392 33 122 27 4 2 0 65 73 - 25 9 - 3 - .311 .423 .416
1923 32 Indians 113 330 31 82 12 0 0 0 50 64 - 34 8 - 2 - .248 .374 .285
1924 33 Red Sox 106 307 29 73 15 1 0 0 38 63 - 23 5 - 2 - .238 .371 .293
1925 34 Yankees 35 91 7 26 5 0 1 0 13 10 - 3 2 - 1 - .286 .363 .374
1927 36 Browns 74 191 14 44 7 0 1 0 22 20 - 6 13 - 0 - .230 .303 .283
1928 37 Browns 10 24 4 7 1 0 0 0 6 8 - 0 2 - 1 - .292 .485 .333
17 Years 1,590 4,795 448 1,259 248 34 13 0 537 592 - 383 130 - 43 - .263 .349 .337

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Steve O'Neill Fielding Stats

1911 Naps C 9 - - 73 8.1 72 55 17 1 1 1 - - .986 0.00
1912 Naps C 68 66 1,529 441 6.5 424 316 108 17 9 9 74 - .961 7.49
1913 Naps C 80 72 1,755 485 6.1 472 353 119 13 9 6 73 - .973 7.26
1914 Naps 1B 1 0 14 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
1914 Naps C 82 79 1,995 551 6.7 527 393 134 24 22 13 87 - .956 7.13
1915 Indians C 115 112 2,817 755 6.6 731 556 175 24 17 9 128 - .968 7.01
1916 Indians C 128 117 2,610 715 5.6 694 540 154 21 36 17 85 - .971 7.18
1917 Indians C 127 120 2,749 603 4.7 591 446 145 12 19 10 77 - .980 5.80
1918 Indians C 113 11 306 573 5.1 563 409 154 10 10 11 66 - .983 49.68
1919 Indians C 123 123 2,741 611 5.0 597 472 125 14 13 5 46 - .977 5.88
1920 Indians C 148 145 3,558 721 4.9 704 576 128 17 19 9 68 67 .976 5.34
1921 Indians C 105 102 2,177 494 4.7 485 393 92 9 8 3 33 24 .982 6.02
1922 Indians C 130 124 2,535 581 4.5 566 450 116 15 9 17 68 40 .974 6.03
1923 Indians C 111 108 2,165 436 3.9 422 354 68 14 3 14 27 15 .968 5.26
1924 Red Sox C 92 91 2,014 430 4.7 417 342 75 13 2 14 41 37 .970 5.59
1925 Yankees C 31 26 482 148 4.8 140 113 27 8 8 2 21 13 .946 7.84
1927 Browns C 60 55 1,388 241 4.0 237 180 57 4 8 4 31 34 .983 4.61
1928 Browns C 10 8 81 24 2.4 23 19 4 1 0 1 4 0 .958 7.67
C Totals 1,532 1,359 30,902 7,882 5.1 7,665 5,967 1,698 217 193 145 929 230 .972 6.70
1B Totals 1 0 14 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
17 Years 1,533 1,359 30,916 7,883 5.1 7,666 5,968 1,698 217 194 145 929 230 .972 6.69

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Steve O'Neill Miscellaneous Stats

1911 Naps 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 27.0 - - -
1912 Naps 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 15.4 - - -
1913 Naps 5 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.8 8.1 - - -
1914 Naps 1 3 .250 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.7 13.5 - - -
1915 Indians 2 3 .400 0 0 n/a 193.0 9.4 11.4 - - -
1916 Indians 2 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.5 13.0 - - -
1917 Indians 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.7 12.8 - - -
1918 Indians 5 - - 0 0 n/a 359.0 16.3 10.3 - - -
1919 Indians 4 - - 1 0 n/a 199.0 19.0 8.5 - - -
1920 Indians 3 5 .375 1 0 n/a 163.0 12.5 8.9 - - -
1921 Indians 0 1 .000 1 0 n/a 335.0 15.2 6.7 - - -
1922 Indians 2 2 .500 2 0 n/a 196.0 15.7 6.0 - - -
1923 Indians 0 4 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 9.7 6.6 - - -
1924 Red Sox 0 2 .000 14 0 n/a 0.0 13.3 8.1 - - -
1925 Yankees 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 91.0 30.3 7.0 - - -
1927 Browns 0 3 .000 14 0 n/a 191.0 31.8 8.7 - - -
1928 Browns 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 4.0 - - -
17 Years 30 23 .566 39 0 n/a 368.8 12.5 8.9 - - -

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Steve O'Neill Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1911 Cleveland Naps n/a Undetermined n/a -
1912 Cleveland Naps n/a Undetermined n/a -
1913 Cleveland Naps n/a Undetermined n/a -
1914 Cleveland Naps n/a Undetermined n/a -
1915 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1916 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1917 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1918 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1919 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1920 Cleveland Indians n/a $6,000.00 n/a Stats
1921 Cleveland Indians n/a $6,000.00 n/a -
1922 Cleveland Indians n/a $8,000.00 n/a -
1923 Cleveland Indians n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1924 Boston Red Sox n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1925 New York Yankees n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1927 St. Louis Browns n/a $6,000.00 n/a -
1928 St. Louis Browns n/a $6,000.00 n/a -
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Did you know that Steve O'Neill (pictured below catching) was named one of the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players Top 100 Greatest Indians and O'Neill was named one of the seven catchers.

Steve O'Neill
Steve O'Neill | Photo by Library of Congress
Steve O'Neill, and three of his brothers ( Jack O'Neill , catcher, 1902–1906; Mike O'Neill , right-hand pitcher, 1901–1904, 1907; Jim O'Neill , infielder, 1920, 1923), escaped a life in the coal mines by playing Major League Baseball. Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following historical baseball article about Steve O'Neill:

A NICE GUY WHO WON BALLGAMES

Nice Guys Finish Last is the name of Hall-of-Fame manager Leo Durocher’s autobiography and is a reference to things Leo said in a 1946 interview. Skipper of the first-place Dodgers at the time, The Lip acknowledged what a nice bunch of guys the Giants were but also noted that his cross-town rivals were in 7th place and sinking.

It’s questionable whether or not Durocher actually uttered the phrase, “Nice guys finish last” but Leo’s point was clear; he didn’t buy the conventional wisdom that if a team’s players were model citizens and the clubhouse was a bastion of peace and harmony, wins would pile-up like one-notes rolling off the presses at the Treasury Department.

Durocher’s disdain for then-Giant’s manager Mel Ott’s laid-back, easy-going style was also evident. As a manager, Leo was head S.O.B. and admired players who pushed the limits of baseball civility. Subsequently, his teams were usually among the most-raucous in the major leagues.

Bean balls. High hard tags. Large, sweeping take-out slides. Brawls. Vicious bench-jockeying. Umpire-baiting.

Durocher won a lot of games as a manager (2008 in a 24-year career), so it’s hard to argue, isn’t it? Being a jerk has its benefits, right?

Perhaps, but being a “nice guy” in the baseball world doesn’t necessarily doom a manager to the nether-world of perpetual second-division finishes. A case-in-point is the career of Steve O’Neill.

Stephen Francis O’Neill was born in 1891 and grew-up in the coal mining region of northeast Pennsylvania. O’Neill’s ability to play baseball kept him out of the coal mines as it did his brothers Jack , Mike and Jim . All four of the O’Neill boys logged time in the major leagues with Steve’s career being the most successful.

Steve O’Neill played 17 years in the majors with stops in Cleveland, Boston (AL), New York (AL), and St. Louis (AL). Used almost exclusively as a catcher, O’Neill appeared in 1,590 games and had a career batting average of .263. He was one of the stars of the 1920 World Series , hitting .333 for the champion Indians.

A fine defensive catcher and a patient handler of pitchers, O’Neill turned to managing after his playing days were over. Beginning in 1929 as a manager in the International League, O’Neill gained a reputation for patiently cultivating young players. When the Indians beckoned him to pilot their club in 1935, O’Neill stayed in the majors until his retirement in 1954.

O’Neill’s record in the big leagues was impressive; his all-time winning percentage was .559 (1,040 wins, 821 losses). As-a-matter-of-fact, O’Neill’s teams never had a losing record. Not bad for a guy Commissioner Ford Frick said didn’t have an enemy in baseball.

O’Neill’s managerial style was laid back and non-demonstrative. When he took over a mutinous Phillies club in 1952 from a martinet named Eddie Sawyer, O’Neill lifted the stringent rules and the club responded. The newly-relaxed Phils had the best record in the majors the 2nd half-of-the season and had fans wondering “what-if” O’Neill had been skipper earlier.

Stout Steve” may have been easy-going but he was no dummy who just happened to luck his way into managing some good teams. Ted Williams , who could be brutally honest, said O’Neill was “the finest manager in Major League baseball.” O’Neill managed the Red Sox in 1950 and ’51, a talented team that had the misfortune of being in the same league as the powerful Yankees at the height of their dynasty.

O’Neill’s “soft touch” helped nurture youngsters Lou Boudreau , Bob Feller , Hal Newhouser and Robin Roberts into Hall-of-Fame stardom. The fiery Newhouser , in particular, benefited from having O’Neill as a mentor. A combative sort, The Tigers star had a tendency to squabble with umpires, never a good idea for someone who needs a fair strike zone.

Leo Durocher would have probably choked at the sentiment, but O’Neill was spotted by a sportswriter helping to coach a little league team a few days after getting let go by the Phillies in 1954 (the Phils were in 3rd at the time and would fall to 4th after O’Neill’s departure).

Durocher would have also probably bristled at the fact that “Nice Guy” Steve O’Neill’s lifetime winning percentage was higher than his (.559 to .540). Leo did manage longer, giving him more of a chance to lose more games but O’Neill’s 19-year managerial career was substantial and no flash-in-the-pan.

In addition, Steve O’Neill’s winning percentage as a manager was better than Hall-of-Famers Casey Stengel (.508), Sparky Anderson (.540), Whitey Herzog (.532), Miller Huggins (.555) and Connie Mack (.486).

So Leo , sometimes nice guys don’t finish last. Sometimes, pleasant fellows like Steve O’Neill win a lot of ballgames. Sometimes they even touch people in ways that go beyond the stadium. When O’Neill passed away in 1962, it was reported that dozens of grown men wept at his funeral over the loss of a person they cared for deeply.

There is a place in baseball for nice guys.

Guys like Steve O’Neill.

Written exclusively for Baseball Almanac by historian / author Chris Williams.

Steve O'Neill Hall of Fame Plaque
Steve O'Neill Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame Plaque | Heritage Park in Progressive Field
The Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame inaugural class in 1951 included Steve O'Neill (see plaque above) as well as Earl Averill , Mel Harder , Joe Jackson , Ken Keltner , Nap Lajoie , Joe Sewell , Tris Speaker , Hal Trosky and Cy Young .

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