Jim O'Rourke Stats

Jim O'Rourke was born on Sunday, September 1, 1850, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. O'Rourke was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 22, 1876, with the Boston Red Caps. 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 Jim O'Rourke baseball stats page.

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"A principled and educated man, he (Jim O'Rourke) quickly established himself as one of the country's top baseball players. When the Boston Red Stockings signed him in 1873, the manager told him the 'Puritans' in Boston would not tolerate an Irish Catholic player and insisted O'Rourke change his name to Rourke. He refused and the manager backed down. Years later, O'Rourke would sign a contract with the New York Giants with the stipulation that the team pay for him to attend Yale Law School. It did and he graduated in 1887, becoming a lawyer in the offseason. But baseball was his passion. And the educated man stood in stark contrast to his often bawdier teammates. His eloquent colloquies earned him the nickname 'Orator Jim.'" - Columnist Les Carpenter in the Washington Post (A House Caught in the Rundown, 04/21/2006)

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Birth Name:
James Henry O'Rourke
Nickname:
Orator Jim
Born On:
09-01-1850  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-08-1919 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Cemetery:
St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford, Connecticut Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Undetermined
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-08
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-22-1876 (Age 25)
Last Game:
09-22-1904
Draft:
Not Applicable

Jim O'Rourke

Jim O'Rourke Pitching Stats

1883 33 Bisons 2 0 1 0 0 .000 6.43 0 0 1 7.0 29 10 5 9 0 1 - 1 1 0 0 -
1884 34 Bisons 4 0 3 0 1 .000 2.84 0 0 1 12.2 41 7 4 5 0 1 - 3 0 0 0 -
2 Years 6 0 4 0 1 .000 4.12 0 0 2 19.2 70 17 9 14 0 2 - 4 1 0 0 -

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Jim O'Rourke Hitting Stats

1876 26 Red Caps 70 312 61 102 17 3 2 0 43 15 - 17 - - 0 - .327 .358 .420
1877 27 Red Caps 61 265 68 96 14 4 0 0 23 20 - 9 - - 0 - .362 .407 .445
1878 28 Red Caps 60 255 44 71 17 7 1 0 29 5 - 21 - - 0 - .278 .292 .412
1879 29 Grays 81 362 69 126 19 9 1 0 46 13 - 10 - - 0 - .348 .371 .459
1880 30 Red Caps 86 363 71 100 20 11 6 0 45 21 - 8 - - 0 - .275 .315 .441
1881 31 Bisons 83 348 71 105 21 7 0 0 30 27 - 18 - - 0 - .302 .352 .402
1882 32 Bisons 84 370 62 104 15 6 2 0 37 13 - - - - 0 - .281 .305 .370
1883 33 Bisons 94 436 102 143 29 8 1 0 38 15 - - - - 0 - .328 .350 .438
1884 34 Bisons 108 467 119 162 33 7 5 0 63 35 - - - - 0 - .347 .392 .480
1885 35 Giants 112 477 119 143 21 16 5 0 42 40 - - - - 0 - .300 .354 .442
1886 36 Giants 105 440 106 136 26 6 1 0 34 39 - - - - 0 - .309 .365 .402
1887 37 Giants 103 361 73 77 15 13 3 0 88 36 - 11 - - 5 - .213 .294 .252
1888 38 Giants 107 409 50 112 16 6 4 0 50 24 - 30 - - 3 - .274 .319 .372
1889 39 Giants 128 502 89 161 36 7 3 0 81 40 - 34 - - 1 - .321 .372 .438
1890 40 Giants 111 478 112 172 37 5 9 1 115 33 - 20 - - 8 - .360 .410 .515
1891 41 Giants 136 555 92 164 28 7 5 0 95 26 - 29 - - 6 - .295 .334 .398
1892 42 Giants 115 448 62 136 28 5 0 0 56 30 - 30 - - 5 - .304 .354 .388
1893 43 Senators 129 547 75 157 22 5 2 0 95 49 - 26 - - 8 - .287 .354 .356
1904 54 Giants 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 - 0 - .250 .250 .250
19 Years 1,774 7,399 1,446 2,268 414 132 50 1 1,010 481 - 263 0 - 36 - .307 .352 .418

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Jim O'Rourke Fielding Stats

1876 Red Caps 1B 2 - - 17 8.5 16 16 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 0.00
1876 Red Caps C 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - - .000 0.00
1876 Red Caps OF 68 - - 188 2.8 161 154 7 27 1 n/a n/a n/a .856 0.00
1877 Red Caps 1B 1 - - 7 7.0 6 6 0 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .857 0.00
1877 Red Caps OF 60 - - 143 2.4 121 112 9 22 0 n/a n/a n/a .846 0.00
1878 Red Caps 1B 2 - - 10 5.0 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1878 Red Caps C 2 - - 17 8.5 14 12 2 3 1 5 - - .824 0.00
1878 Red Caps OF 57 - - 136 2.4 117 102 15 19 4 n/a n/a n/a .860 0.00
1879 Grays 1B 20 - - 231 11.6 220 219 1 11 4 n/a n/a n/a .952 0.00
1879 Grays 3B 3 - - 9 3.0 8 0 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 0.00
1879 Grays C 5 - - 46 9.2 41 32 9 5 0 4 - - .891 0.00
1879 Grays OF 56 - - 79 1.4 62 51 11 17 2 n/a n/a n/a .785 0.00
1880 Red Caps 1B 19 - - 156 8.2 145 141 4 11 11 n/a n/a n/a .929 0.00
1880 Red Caps 3B 10 - - 35 3.5 32 17 15 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .914 0.00
1880 Red Caps C 9 - - 52 5.8 43 32 11 9 0 10 - - .827 0.00
1880 Red Caps OF 37 - - 75 2.0 68 57 11 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .907 0.00
1880 Red Caps SS 17 - - 90 5.3 76 20 56 14 4 n/a n/a n/a .844 0.00
1881 Bisons 1B 1 - - 5 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1881 Bisons 3B 56 - - 201 3.6 165 85 80 36 8 n/a n/a n/a .821 0.00
1881 Bisons C 8 - - 45 5.6 37 30 7 8 0 9 - - .822 0.00
1881 Bisons OF 18 - - 35 1.9 32 27 5 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .914 0.00
1881 Bisons SS 3 - - 6 2.0 6 1 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1882 Bisons 3B 1 - - 5 5.0 3 3 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .600 0.00
1882 Bisons C 2 - - 7 3.5 7 6 1 0 0 3 - 1 1.000 0.00
1882 Bisons OF 81 - - 179 2.2 155 140 15 24 3 n/a n/a n/a .866 0.00
1882 Bisons SS 2 - - 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1883 Bisons 3B 8 - - 18 2.3 12 6 6 6 2 n/a n/a n/a .667 0.00
1883 Bisons C 33 - - 175 5.3 162 128 34 13 0 30 - - .926 0.00
1883 Bisons OF 61 - - 112 1.8 97 89 8 15 0 n/a n/a n/a .866 0.00
1883 Bisons P 2 0 21 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1883 Bisons SS 3 - - 21 7.0 16 3 13 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .762 0.00
1884 Bisons 1B 18 - - 223 12.4 209 208 1 14 8 n/a n/a n/a .937 0.00
1884 Bisons 3B 1 - - 8 8.0 6 3 3 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .750 0.00
1884 Bisons C 10 - - 38 3.8 38 27 11 0 1 4 - 1 1.000 0.00
1884 Bisons OF 86 - - 132 1.5 118 112 6 14 2 n/a n/a n/a .894 0.00
1884 Bisons P 4 0 38 2 0.5 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.42
1885 Giants C 8 - - 27 3.4 23 20 3 4 0 7 - 0 .852 0.00
1885 Giants OF 112 - - 183 1.6 172 162 10 11 0 n/a n/a n/a .940 0.00
1886 Giants 1B 2 - - 20 10.0 20 18 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1886 Giants C 47 - - 352 7.5 333 250 83 19 3 48 - - .946 0.00
1886 Giants OF 63 - - 121 1.9 112 101 11 9 1 n/a n/a n/a .926 0.00
1887 Giants 2B 2 - - 9 4.5 9 5 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1887 Giants 3B 38 - - 114 3.0 96 46 50 18 2 n/a n/a n/a .842 0.00
1887 Giants C 40 - - 228 5.7 203 137 66 25 4 37 - - .890 0.00
1887 Giants OF 28 - - 72 2.6 67 60 7 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .931 0.00
1888 Giants 1B 4 - - 46 11.5 45 43 2 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .978 0.00
1888 Giants 3B 2 - - 6 3.0 4 1 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 0.00
1888 Giants C 15 - - 104 6.9 99 77 22 5 0 14 - - .952 0.00
1888 Giants OF 87 - - 149 1.7 143 130 13 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .960 0.00
1889 Giants C 1 - - 3 3.0 3 1 2 0 0 0 - 1 1.000 0.00
1889 Giants OF 128 - - 205 1.6 183 165 18 22 2 n/a n/a n/a .893 0.00
1890 Giants OF 111 - - 215 1.9 200 175 25 15 3 n/a n/a n/a .930 0.00
1891 Giants C 14 - - 79 5.6 75 49 26 4 2 15 - - .949 0.00
1891 Giants OF 126 - - 235 1.9 213 195 18 22 1 n/a n/a n/a .906 0.00
1892 Giants 1B 1 - - 9 9.0 8 8 0 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .889 0.00
1892 Giants C 4 - - 21 5.3 20 14 6 1 0 2 - - .952 0.00
1892 Giants OF 111 - - 172 1.5 157 146 11 15 1 n/a n/a n/a .913 0.00
1893 Senators 1B 33 - - 305 9.2 296 277 19 9 15 n/a n/a n/a .970 0.00
1893 Senators C 9 - - 56 6.2 53 36 17 3 2 7 - - .946 0.00
1893 Senators OF 87 - - 205 2.4 190 174 16 15 2 n/a n/a n/a .927 0.00
1904 Giants C 1 - - 5 5.0 4 4 0 1 0 0 - - .800 0.00
OF Totals 1,377 0 0 2,636 1.9 2,368 2,152 216 268 25 n/a n/a n/a .898 0.00
C Totals 209 0 0 1,255 6.0 1,155 855 300 100 13 196 n/a 3 .920 0.00
3B Totals 119 0 0 396 3.3 326 161 165 70 15 n/a n/a n/a .823 0.00
1B Totals 103 0 0 1,029 10.0 980 951 29 49 45 n/a n/a n/a .952 0.00
SS Totals 25 0 0 118 4.7 99 24 75 19 4 n/a n/a n/a .839 0.00
P Totals 6 0 59 2 0.3 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.92
2B Totals 2 0 0 9 4.5 9 5 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
19 Years 1,841 0 59 5,445 3.0 4,939 4,148 791 506 103 196 n/a 3 .907 2,260.22

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Jim O'Rourke Miscellaneous Stats

1876 Red Caps - - - 0 0 n/a 156.0 18.4 7.3 - - -
1877 Red Caps - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 29.4 11.5 - - -
1878 Red Caps - - - 0 0 n/a 255.0 12.1 8.8 - - -
1879 Grays - - - 0 0 n/a 362.0 36.2 7.9 - - -
1880 Red Caps - - - 0 0 n/a 60.5 45.4 8.1 - - -
1881 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 19.3 11.6 - - -
1882 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 185.0 0.0 10.0 - - -
1883 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 436.0 0.0 11.5 1.00 1.29 1.29
1884 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 93.4 0.0 7.4 3.00 2.13 0.71
1885 Giants - - - 0 0 n/a 95.4 0.0 11.4 - - -
1886 Giants 14 - - 0 0 n/a 440.0 0.0 12.9 - - -
1887 Giants 46 - - 0 0 n/a 120.3 32.8 4.1 - - -
1888 Giants 25 - - 0 0 n/a 102.3 13.6 8.2 - - -
1889 Giants 33 - - 0 0 n/a 167.3 14.8 6.2 - - -
1890 Giants 23 - - 0 0 n/a 53.1 23.9 4.2 - - -
1891 Giants 19 - - 0 0 n/a 111.0 19.1 5.8 - - -
1892 Giants 16 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 14.9 8.0 - - -
1893 Senators 15 - - 0 0 n/a 273.5 21.0 5.8 - - -
1904 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
19 Years 191 - - 0 0 n/a 148.0 28.1 7.3 2.00 1.83 0.92

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Jim O'Rourke Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1876 Boston Red Caps n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1877 Boston Red Caps n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1878 Boston Red Caps n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1879 Providence Grays n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1880 Boston Red Caps n/a $1,400.00 n/a n/a
1881 Buffalo Bisons n/a $2,000.00 n/a n/a
1882 Buffalo Bisons n/a $2,000.00 n/a n/a
1883 Buffalo Bisons n/a $2,250.00 n/a n/a
1884 Buffalo Bisons n/a $3,000.00 n/a n/a
1885 New York Giants n/a $4,500.00 n/a n/a
1886 New York Giants n/a $3,000.00 n/a n/a
1887 New York Giants n/a $3,500.00 n/a n/a
1888 New York Giants n/a $3,500.00 n/a n/a
1889 New York Giants n/a $3,500.00 n/a n/a
1890 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1891 New York Giants n/a $2,500.00 n/a n/a
1892 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1893 Washington Senators n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1904 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
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Did you know that we found his salary when looking through an 1881 issue of the Buffalo Express which read, "Paid $2000 in 1881, and it should have been at least $400 higher." Did you know that on April 22, 1876, O'Rourke played in the first National League game and was credited with the first hit (a single) in baseball history?

Jim O'Rourke Baseball Card
Jim O'Rourke | 2011 TriStar Obak Baseball Card (#60) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that Jim O'Rourke is 1 of only 14 former Major League players who had absence from the major leagues of 11 or more years with hits on each side of that absence?

Longest Hiatus Between Major League Hits

Absence Name

Years

21 Years Charley O'Leary 1913 / 1934
15 Years Joe Cicero 1930 / 1945
13 Years Jack McFetridge 1890 / 1903
13 Years Rudy Sommers 1914 / 1927
13 Years Ralph Winegarner 1936 / 1949
12 Years Harry Smith 1877 / 1889
12 Years Roy Schalk 1932 / 1944
12 Years Bobby Schang 1915 / 1927
12 Years Jim Baumer 1949 / 1961
12 Years Minnie Minoso 1964 / 1976
11 Years John O'Connell 1891 / 1902
11 Years Jim O'Rourke 1893 / 1904
11 Years Clyde Sukeforth 1934 / 1945

LJim O'Rourke Hall of Fame Plaque
Jim O'Rourke | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1945 ( HOF )
Jim O'Rourke was the first player to take the field in four different decades [ Four Decade Players ] and through today, remains the oldest player to appear in a game with a National League team. Do you know who holds the American League age mark? ( Answer ) [ Tenure and Age Records ]

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