Ollie Pickering was born on Saturday, April 9, 1870, in Olney, Illinois. Pickering was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 9, 1896, with the Louisville Colonels. 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 Ollie Pickering baseball stats page.
"OLLIE PICKERING HAS UNIQUE RECORD. Former Washington Player Has Seen Service in Many Leagues. Ollie Pickering has had a most checkered career in baseball. No other player has been in and out of fast company as often as the leading citizen of Olney, Ill. When Pick broke into fast company, some thirteen years ago at Louisville, he was a green youngster of marvelous ability. He was fast and could hit, but when it came to playing scientific baseball Ollie was not there, and he was shifted back to minors to get experience. He soon came out to fast company again, however, and several times thereafter was sent back and forth. But his sale to Minneapolis by Washington probably ends his career in fast company. He unquestionably will spend the remainder of his days in baseball in a minor league." - The Evening Chronicle (Charlotte, North Carolina. January 23, 1909. Page 11)
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Ollie Pickering Miscellaneous Items of Interest
On April 24, 1901, the Cleveland Blues were defeated by the Chicago White Stockings 2-8 in the first game ever played in the American League. The first batter in that first game, a left-handed hitting right fielder named Ollie Pickering. Read about the at-bat:
Ollie Pickering | First American League Game | The Chicago Daily Tribune | April 25, 1901 | Page 6
Did you know that many sources often attribute the commonly used term "Texas Leaguer" to the Major League debut of Ollie Pickering. The New York Times wrote, "There are a number of versions. One offered by the Baseball Hall of Fame says the expression originated in Houston in the 1890's when a new outfielder, Ollie Pickering, got seven hits in his first game with the Texas League team. Each of the hits was a short, looping fly over first or third base that the outfielders could not reach. The report of the game spread, and since the hits were made in the Texas League, they were called Texas Leaguers. Pickering later graduated to the major leagues, playing with a number of teams from 1896 through 1908." ( Source ) Some, disagree:
"It has been often written that the term 'Texas Leaguer' comes from the major league debut of Ollie Pickering, who got four hits in his first game after being called up from the Texas League.
Each hit just blooped over the infield. The next day a reporter who missed the play saw Pickering on first base and asked what happened. 'Oh, he just made another one of those Texas League hits,' said another reporter.
However, Robert McConnell looked up the game stories for Ollie Pickering's 1896 debut, and reports that the record does not support the story."
Source: The New Bill James Historical Abstract (Bill James, Free Press Publishing, 03/13/2003, 'BASEBALL LANGUAGE IN THE 1890s', Page 69).
Ollie Pickering | 1903 Breisch Williams Baseball Card | Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that Ollie Pickering was once knocked-out after being hit by a pitch in a game? The Evening Chronicle (Charlotte, NC. January 23, 1909, Page 11), described the incident, "A good story is told at Pick's expense. It was while he was a member of the Louisville team that he came up one day, with the bases full in the ninth inning, the score tied and two out. After having two strikes on him the coacher yelled out: 'Use your head, Pick.'
Pick did as he was told, and on the next ball pitched shoved his head in front of the sphere and for the next twenty-four hours was in a comatose state. But he won the game, forcing in the winning run."
Cy Young , on May 5, 1904 , threw the first perfect game in American League history. Twenty-seven Philadelphia Athletics came to the plate, twenty-seven Philadelphia Athletics went back to the dugout. Ollie Pickering was one of those 27 and author Michael Coffey wrote in 27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games , "In the fourth, nearly the same thing happened, as the A's Ollie Pickering looped one into the no-man's-land beyond the second-base bag - in a bid for the kind of hit he made famous - only to have center fielder Chick Stahl make a fine running catch. Pickering was almost the spoiler again, with one down in the top of the sixth, when he tapped a slow roller to short, but Freddy Parent charged the ball and nipped Pickering by half a step."
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