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Billy O'Brien

William Smith O'Brien

Positions: First Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: March 14, 1860 in Albany, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: September 27, 1884 (Age 24.197)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1887 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Nationals/Gladiators/WhiteCaps/Cowboys 1884-1890

Final Game: July 24, 1890 (Age 30.132)
Died: May 26, 1911 in Kansas City, MO
Buried: Mount St. Mary Cemetery, Kansas City, MO
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1884 24 TOT UA 12 47 47 3 11 3 0 0 0 .234 .234 .298 .532 106 14 5/13
1884 24 STP UA 8 30 30 1 7 3 0 0 0 .233 .233 .333 .567 132 10 /51
1884 24 KCC UA 4 17 17 2 4 0 0 0 0 .235 .235 .235 .471 67 4 /53
1887 27 WHS NL 113 479 453 71 126 16 12 19 73 11 21 17 .278 .317 .492 .810 126 223 5 *3/5O4
1888 28 WHS NL 133 537 528 42 119 15 2 9 66 10 9 70 .225 .238 .313 .551 79 165 0 *3/5
1889 29 WHS NL 2 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .111 .000 .111 -67 0 0 /3
1890 30 BRG AA 96 419 388 47 108 25 8 4 67 5 28 .278 .332 .415 .747 121 161 3 *3
5 Yrs 356 1491 1424 164 364 59 22 32 206 26 59 88 .256 .289 .395 .684 107 563 8
162 Game Avg. 162 678 648 75 166 27 10 15 94 27 .256 .289 .395 .684 107 256
WHS (3 yrs) 248 1025 989 114 245 31 14 28 139 21 31 88 .248 .274 .392 .666 101 388 5
KCC (1 yr) 4 17 17 2 4 0 0 0 0 .235 .235 .235 .471 67 4
STP (1 yr) 8 30 30 1 7 3 0 0 0 .233 .233 .333 .567 132 10
BRG (1 yr) 96 419 388 47 108 25 8 4 67 5 28 .278 .332 .415 .747 121 161 3
NL (3 yrs) 248 1025 989 114 245 31 14 28 139 21 31 88 .248 .274 .392 .666 101 388 5
UA (1 yr) 12 47 47 3 11 3 0 0 0 .234 .234 .298 .532 106 14
AA (1 yr) 96 419 388 47 108 25 8 4 67 5 28 .278 .332 .415 .747 121 161 3

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1884 24 STP UA 8 30 2 0 0 1 0 4 0.3 0 4 0.3 .539 .502 0.2 0.1 2 /51
1884 24 KCC UA 4 17 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /53
1887 27 WHS NL 113 479 15 -2 0 6 -0 19 1.3 16 35 2.9 .514 .510 2.6 0.3 29 *3/5O4
1888 28 WHS NL 133 537 -13 -2 0 -4 -0 -19 -2.2 18 -1 -0.1 .485 .488 0.4 -0.5 3 *3/5
1889 29 WHS NL 2 9 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.1 .420 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /3
1890 30 BRG AA 96 419 8 -2 0 -4 -0 2 0.0 10 12 1.1 .502 .501 1.5 -0.4 16 *3
5 Seasons 356 1491 10 -7 0 -1 -0 2 -0.7 45 48 4.1 .499 .499 4.6 -0.5 49
WHS (3 yrs) 248 1025 1 -5 0 2 -0 -2 -1.0 35 32 2.7 .497 .498 2.9 -0.2 31
KCC (1 yr) 4 17 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
STP (1 yr) 8 30 2 0 0 1 0 4 0.3 0 4 0.3 .539 .502 0.2 0.1 2
BRG (1 yr) 96 419 8 -2 0 -4 -0 2 0.0 10 12 1.1 .502 .501 1.5 -0.4 16

Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1884 24 STP UA 1 0 1.000 1.80 2 0 2 0 0 0 10.0 8 5 2 0 3 7 0 1 42 112 2.77 1.100 7.2 0.0 2.7 6.3 2.33
1 Yr 1 0 1.000 1.80 2 0 2 0 0 0 10.0 8 5 2 0 3 7 0 1 42 112 2.77 1.100 7.2 0.0 2.7 6.3 2.33
162 Game Avg. 34 0 1.000 1.80 68 0 68 0 0 0 340 272 170 68 0 102 238 0 34 1428 112 2.77 1.100 7.2 0.0 2.7 6.3 2.33
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1884 24 STP UA 10.0 2 0 5 4.50 5.67 0.23 0.00 60.0 3.26 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .441 .499
1 Season 10.0 2 0 5 4.50 5.67 0.23 0.00 60.0 3.26 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .441 .499

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1884 TOT UA 24 3B 11 39 8 23 8 0 .795 2.82 .777 3.03
1884 STP UA 24 3B 8 25 7 14 4 0 .840 2.63 .777 3.02
1884 STP UA 24 P 2 10.0 7 0 4 3 1 .571 3.60 2.00 .844 2.61 2.45
1884 KCC UA 24 3B 3 14 1 9 4 0 .714 3.33 .777 3.03
1884 KCC UA 24 1B 1 18 17 1 0 0 1.000 18.00 .950 10.20
1887 WHS NL 27 1B 104 1217 1159 26 32 53 .974 11.39 .974 10.53
1887 WHS NL 27 3B 4 15 8 5 2 0 .867 3.25 .870 3.42
1887 WHS NL 27 OF 4 10 7 3 0 0 1.000 2.50 .883 1.98 1-3-0
1887 WHS NL 27 2B 2 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 3.00 .912 5.85
1888 WHS NL 28 1B 132 1343 1272 38 33 55 .975 9.92 .977 10.50
1888 WHS NL 28 3B 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .875 3.10
1889 WHS NL 29 1B 2 19 19 0 0 0 1.000 9.50 .974 10.35
1890 BRG AA 30 1B 96 1079 1015 35 29 66 .973 10.94 .973 10.30
5 Seasons 1B 335 3676 3482 100 94 174 .974 10.69 .975 10.45
3 Seasons 3B 16 56 17 29 10 0 .821 2.88 .805 3.13
1 Season OF 4 10 7 3 0 0 1.000 2.50 .883 1.98 1-3-0
1 Season P 2 10.0 7 0 4 3 1 .571 3.60 2.00 .844 2.61 2.45
1 Season 2B 2 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 3.00 .912 5.85
5 Seasons TOT 359 10.0 3755 3507 141 107 175 .972 3.60 10.16 .972 2.61 9.96 1-3-0
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Slugging % s c a p y
1887 NL  .492 (10th)

At Bats s c a p y
1888 NL  528 (4th)

Doubles s c a p y
1890 AA  25 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1887 NL  19 (1st)
1888 NL  9 (6th)
1890 AA  4 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1888 NL  70 (5th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1890 AA  37 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1887 NL  23.8 (1st)
1890 AA  97.0 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1888 NL  409 (3rd)

Putoutss c a p y
1887 NL  1,175 (5th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1888 NL  132 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1887 NL  1,159 (5th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1887 NL  32 (4th)
1888 NL  33 (2nd)
1890 AA  29 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1890 AA  66 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1887 NL  11.39 (1st)
1890 AA  10.94 (2nd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1887 NL  .974 (4th)
1888 NL  .975 (5th)
1890 AA  .973 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 4 (431), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 18 (1102), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 4 (1713), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2427), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (276th), 4.1 career WAR/4.1 7yr-peak WAR/4.1 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

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