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Darby O'Brien

William Darby O'Brien

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 186 lb.

Born: September 1, 1863 in Peoria, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1887 (Age 23.227)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1887 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Bridegrooms/Grooms/Metropolitans 1887-1892

Final Game: October 15, 1892 (Age 29.044)
Died: June 15, 1893 in Peoria, IL
Buried: Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, IL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 16, 2014 1:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1258. Gary Redus… #1259. Jackie Brandt… #1260. Pat Kelly… #1261. DARBY O'BRIEN… #1262. Steve Braun… #1263. Ron Hassey… #1264. Jamey Carroll… 

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
1887 23 NYP AA 127 566 522 97 157 30 13 5 73 49 40 42 .301 .355 .437 .792 124 228 4 *O3/651
1888 24 BRO AA 136 569 532 105 149 27 6 2 65 55 30 61 .280 .327 .365 .692 121 194 7 *O
1889 25 BRO AA 136 644 567 146 170 30 11 5 80 91 61 76 .300 .384 .418 .802 134 237 16 *O
1890 26 BRO NL 85 386 350 78 110 28 6 2 63 38 32 43 .314 .378 .446 .824 139 156 4 O
1891 27 BRO NL 103 441 395 79 100 18 6 5 57 31 39 53 .253 .331 .367 .698 106 145 7 *O
1892 28 BRO NL 122 522 490 72 119 14 5 1 56 57 29 52 .243 .289 .298 .587 80 146 3 *O
6 Yrs 709 3128 2856 577 805 147 47 20 394 321 231 327 .282 .344 .387 .732 117 1106 41
162 Game Avg. 162 715 653 132 184 34 11 5 90 73 53 75 .282 .344 .387 .732 117 253 9
BRO (5 yrs) 582 2562 2334 480 648 117 34 15 321 272 191 285 .278 .342 .376 .718 116 878 37
NYP (1 yr) 127 566 522 97 157 30 13 5 73 49 40 42 .301 .355 .437 .792 124 228 4
AA (3 yrs) 399 1779 1621 348 476 87 30 12 218 195 131 179 .294 .356 .407 .763 127 659 27
NL (3 yrs) 310 1349 1235 229 329 60 17 8 176 126 100 148 .266 .328 .362 .690 105 447 14

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
1887 23 NYP AA 127 566 17 1 0 0 -8 11 1.0 12 23 2.2 .507 .505 2.1 -0.5 23 *O3/651
1888 24 BRO AA 136 569 12 2 0 7 -9 13 1.2 12 25 2.4 .509 .507 1.7 -0.1 18 $1,900 *O
1889 25 BRO AA 136 644 28 5 0 2 -9 27 2.2 13 40 3.5 .516 .514 3.3 -0.5 38 *O
1890 26 BRO NL 85 386 16 3 0 5 -5 18 1.4 13 31 2.8 .519 .510 2.5 -0.1 26 O
1891 27 BRO NL 103 441 2 2 0 4 -7 1 -0.1 15 16 1.5 .501 .501 1.2 -0.3 12 *O
1892 28 BRO NL 122 522 -13 5 0 6 -8 -10 -1.0 18 8 0.8 .492 .494 0.3 -0.2 2 *O
6 Seasons 709 3128 63 18 0 24 -45 60 4.7 83 143 13.2 .507 .505 11.1 -1.8 119 $1,900
BRO (5 yrs) 582 2562 46 17 0 24 -37 49 3.7 71 120 11.0 .507 .505 9.0 -1.3 96 $1,900
NYP (1 yr) 127 566 17 1 0 0 -8 11 1.0 12 23 2.2 .507 .505 2.1 -0.5 23

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1889 25 BRO AA WS NYG L 0 43 31 8 5 0 1 0 4 6 12 6 .161 .395 .226 .621 7 0
1890 26 BRO NL WS LOU T 0 25 24 3 3 0 1 0 3 3 1 5 .125 .160 .208 .368 5 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 0 68 55 11 8 0 2 0 7 9 13 11 .145 .309 .218 .527 12 0
2 WS 0 68 55 11 8 0 2 0 7 9 13 11 .145 .309 .218 .527 12 0

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
1887 23 NYP AA 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 6.28 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
1 Yr 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 6.28 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 0.00 68 0 0 0 0 0 68 68 0 0 0 68 0 0 0 0 272 6.28 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
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
1887 23 NYP AA 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 6.73 -0.42 0.00 100.0 7.16 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .565 .500
1 Season 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 6.73 -0.42 0.00 100.0 7.16 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .565 .500

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
1887 NYP AA 23 OF 121 289 244 20 25 4 .913 2.18 .898 2.04 121-1-0
1887 NYP AA 23 1B 10 76 67 4 5 5 .934 7.10 .971 9.88
1887 NYP AA 23 SS 2 4 0 3 1 0 .750 1.50 .858 4.50
1887 NYP AA 23 3B 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .850 3.30
1887 NYP AA 23 P 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.20
1888 BRO AA 24 OF 136 264 231 15 18 1 .932 1.81 .907 1.83 136-0-0
1889 BRO AA 25 OF 136 297 255 14 28 5 .906 1.98 .903 2.00 136-0-0
1890 BRO NL 26 OF 85 198 176 14 8 2 .960 2.24 .914 1.91 44-42-0
1891 BRO NL 27 OF 103 225 203 11 11 1 .951 2.08 .912 1.92 103-0-0
1892 BRO NL 28 OF 122 249 222 16 11 3 .956 1.95 .912 1.89 115-3-4
6 Seasons OF 703 1522 1331 90 101 16 .934 2.02 .907 1.93 655-46-4
1 Season 1B 10 76 67 4 5 5 .934 7.10 .971 9.88
1 Season SS 2 4 0 3 1 0 .750 1.50 .858 4.50
1 Season P 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.20
1 Season 3B 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .850 3.30
6 Seasons TOT 717 1.0 1604 1399 98 107 21 .933 0.00 2.09 .910 2.70 2.05 655-46-4
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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1889 AA  3.5 (8th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1889 AA  3.3 (8th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1890 NL  .314 (4th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1889 AA  .418 (10th)
1890 NL  .446 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1890 NL  .824 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1888 AA  136 (6th)

At Bats s c a p y
1889 AA  567 (6th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1889 AA  644 (5th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1888 AA  105 (10th)
1889 AA  146 (3rd)

Hits s c a p y
1889 AA  170 (9th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1887 AA  228 (8th)
1889 AA  237 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1888 AA  27 (5th)
1889 AA  30 (7th)
1890 NL  28 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1887 AA  5 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1888 AA  61 (10th)
1889 AA  76 (3rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1889 AA  91 (2nd)
1892 NL  57 (6th)
Career  321 (138th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1889 AA  134 (10th)
1890 NL  139 (9th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1889 AA  87 (8th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1889 AA  27 (9th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1889 AA  2.7 (9th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1887 AA  48 (7th)
1888 AA  35 (10th)
1889 AA  46 (6th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1889 AA  247 (9th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1890 NL  .706 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1889 AA  16 (4th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1887 AA  9.1 (10th)
1889 AA  9.5 (10th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1888 AA  136 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1890 NL  2.24 (5th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1891 NL  .951 (3rd)
1892 NL  .956 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 35 (714), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 13 (1056), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 13 (1293), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (169th), 13.2 career WAR/13.2 7yr-peak WAR/13.2 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1888 24 Brooklyn Bridegrooms $1,900 ? 11/5/87 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,900
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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Name and misspellings: William D. Darby O'Brien obrien

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