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Steve O'Neill

Stephen Francis O'Neill

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: July 6, 1891 in Minooka, PA
High School: Minooka HS (Minooka, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 18, 1911 (Age 20.074)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1912 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Naps/RedSox/Browns/Yankees 1911-1928

Final Game: September 14, 1928 (Age 37.070)
Died: January 26, 1962 in Cleveland, OH
Buried: St. Joseph Cemetery, Scranton, PA
Relatives: Brother of Jack O'Neill, Brother of Jim O'Neill and Brother of Mike O'Neill
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 22, 2014 4:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #858. Hans Lobert… #859. Harold Reynolds… #860. Pete Fox… #861. STEVE O'NEILL… #862. Granny Hamner… #863. Don Mincher… #864. Jim Delahanty… 

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1911 19 CLE AL 9 33 27 1 4 1 0 0 1 2 4 3 .148 .281 .185 .466 30 5 1 1 /2
1912 20 CLE AL 69 233 215 17 49 4 0 0 14 2 3 12 28 .228 .272 .247 .518 47 53 1 5 2
1913 21 CLE AL 80 253 234 19 69 13 3 0 29 5 10 24 .295 .329 .376 .705 104 88 2 7 2 MVP-24
1914 22 CLE AL 87 286 269 28 68 12 2 0 20 1 3 15 35 .253 .292 .312 .605 79 84 0 2 2/3
1915 23 CLE AL 121 426 386 32 91 14 2 2 34 2 3 26 41 .236 .293 .298 .590 76 115 5 9 *2
1916 24 CLE AL 130 419 378 30 89 23 0 0 29 2 24 33 .235 .288 .296 .584 72 112 4 11 *2
1917 25 CLE AL 129 428 370 21 68 10 2 0 29 2 41 55 .184 .272 .222 .494 47 82 4 14 *2
1918 26 CLE AL 114 420 359 34 87 8 7 1 35 5 48 22 .242 .343 .312 .655 90 112 7 6 *2
1919 27 CLE AL 125 463 398 46 115 35 7 2 47 4 48 21 .289 .373 .427 .800 119 170 5 10 *2
1920 28 CLE AL 149 578 489 63 157 39 5 3 55 3 5 69 39 .321 .408 .440 .848 121 215 3 15 *2
1921 29 CLE AL 106 405 335 39 108 22 1 1 50 0 1 57 22 .322 .424 .403 .827 110 135 2 11 *2
1922 30 CLE AL 133 478 392 33 122 27 4 2 65 2 2 73 25 .311 .423 .416 .839 117 163 3 9 *2 MVP-6
1923 31 CLE AL 113 407 330 31 82 12 0 0 50 0 4 64 34 .248 .374 .285 .659 75 94 2 8 *2
1924 32 BOS AL 106 375 307 29 73 15 1 0 38 0 2 63 23 .238 .371 .293 .664 73 90 2 5 2
1925 33 NYY AL 35 104 91 7 26 5 0 1 13 0 0 10 3 .286 .363 .374 .736 89 34 1 2 2
1927 35 SLB AL 74 224 191 14 44 7 0 1 22 0 3 20 6 .230 .303 .283 .586 51 54 0 13 2
1928 36 SLB AL 10 35 24 4 7 1 0 0 6 0 0 8 0 .292 .485 .333 .818 116 8 1 2 2
17 Yrs 1590 5567 4795 448 1259 248 34 13 537 30 26 592 414 .263 .349 .337 .685 88 1614 43 130
162 Game Avg. 162 567 489 46 128 25 3 1 55 3 60 42 .263 .349 .337 .685 88 164 4 13
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
CLE (13 yrs) 1365 4829 4182 394 1109 220 33 11 458 30 21 491 382 .265 .348 .341 .689 91 1428 39 108
SLB (2 yrs) 84 259 215 18 51 8 0 1 28 0 3 28 6 .237 .328 .288 .616 59 62 1 15
BOS (1 yr) 106 375 307 29 73 15 1 0 38 0 2 63 23 .238 .371 .293 .664 73 90 2 5
NYY (1 yr) 35 104 91 7 26 5 0 1 13 0 0 10 3 .286 .363 .374 .736 89 34 1 2

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
1911 19 CLE AL 9 33 -2 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.0 .481 .499 -0.0 0.1 -0 /2
1912 20 CLE AL 69 233 -15 -0 0 0 4 -11 -1.1 9 -2 -0.2 .484 .493 -0.2 0.4 -2 2
1913 21 CLE AL 80 253 0 -1 0 1 4 5 0.5 10 14 1.6 .507 .504 1.5 0.6 14 2 MVP-24
1914 22 CLE AL 87 286 -7 -0 0 1 5 -1 -0.2 11 10 1.0 .498 .499 0.9 0.6 9 2/3
1915 23 CLE AL 121 426 -11 0 0 3 7 -1 -0.1 16 15 1.6 .499 .499 1.2 1.1 12 *2
1916 24 CLE AL 130 419 -12 0 0 3 7 -2 -0.3 16 14 1.3 .498 .498 1.0 1.2 10 *2
1917 25 CLE AL 129 428 -23 0 0 4 7 -12 -1.5 16 4 0.2 .489 .491 -0.3 1.3 0 *2
1918 26 CLE AL 114 420 -3 -0 0 1 6 4 0.5 16 20 2.2 .504 .503 2.0 0.9 19 *2
1919 27 CLE AL 125 463 11 0 0 2 6 19 2.2 17 36 3.9 .517 .513 3.6 0.9 35 *2
1920 28 CLE AL 149 578 18 0 0 2 7 27 2.7 22 48 4.8 .518 .516 4.6 0.9 46 $6,000 *2
1921 29 CLE AL 106 405 9 0 0 2 4 16 1.6 15 32 3.1 .515 .509 2.8 0.6 30 $6,000 *2
1922 30 CLE AL 133 478 15 0 0 -3 4 16 1.5 18 34 3.4 .512 .510 3.7 0.1 37 $8,000 *2 MVP-6
1923 31 CLE AL 113 407 -9 -1 0 -3 3 -9 -0.9 15 6 0.6 .492 .494 0.9 0.0 9 $10,000 *2
1924 32 BOS AL 106 375 -9 -0 0 -3 3 -9 -0.8 14 5 0.6 .492 .495 0.9 0.1 8 $10,000 2
1925 33 NYY AL 35 104 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 4 4 0.4 .500 .500 0.4 0.1 4 $10,000 2
1927 35 SLB AL 74 224 -14 -1 0 1 2 -12 -1.2 8 -4 -0.4 .484 .493 -0.5 0.3 -5 $6,000 2
1928 36 SLB AL 10 35 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.2 1 3 0.3 .519 .501 0.3 0.0 3 $6,000 2
17 Seasons 1590 5567 -50 -1 0 11 71 31 2.8 210 241 24.2 .502 .502 22.9 9.1 230 $62,000
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
CLE (13 yrs) 1365 4829 -28 -0 0 13 65 50 4.5 182 232 23.2 .503 .503 21.8 8.7 219 $30,000
SLB (2 yrs) 84 259 -12 -1 0 1 2 -10 -1.0 10 -0 -0.0 .488 .494 -0.2 0.3 -1 $12,000
BOS (1 yr) 106 375 -9 -0 0 -3 3 -9 -0.8 14 5 0.6 .492 .495 0.9 0.1 8 $10,000
NYY (1 yr) 35 104 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 4 4 0.4 .500 .500 0.4 0.1 4 $10,000

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
1920 ❍ 28 CLE AL WS BRO W 7 25 21 1 7 3 0 0 2 0 0 4 3 .333 .440 .476 .916 10 0 0 0 0 3
1 WS 7 25 21 1 7 3 0 0 2 0 0 4 3 .333 .440 .476 .916 10 0 0 0 0 3

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1911 CLE AL 19 C 9 73 55 17 1 1 .986 8.00 .965 6.80 1 13 13 50% 45%
1912 CLE AL 20 C 68 441 316 108 17 9 .961 6.24 .961 6.78 9 93 77 45% 42%
1913 CLE AL 21 C 80 485 353 119 13 9 .973 5.90 .967 6.56 6 79 76 49% 45% MVP-24
1914 CLE AL 22 C 82 79 73 551 393 134 24 22 .956 6.43 .967 6.69 13 114 93 45% 45%
1914 CLE AL 22 1B 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1.000 1.00 .980 10.60
1915 CLE AL 23 C 115 112 105 755 556 175 24 17 .968 6.36 .965 6.46 9 134 99 42% 43%
1916 CLE AL 24 C 128 117 96 715 540 154 21 36 .971 5.42 .974 6.33 17 111 86 44% 43%
1917 CLE AL 25 C 127 120 100 603 446 145 12 19 .980 4.65 .971 5.71 10 92 93 50% 45%
1918 CLE AL 26 C 113 110 102 573 409 154 10 11 .983 4.98 .970 5.51 11 69 80 54% 44%
1919 CLE AL 27 C 123 123 102 611 472 125 14 16 .977 4.85 .974 5.57 5 61 64 51% 45%
1920 CLE AL 28 C 148 145 133 721 576 128 17 20 .976 4.76 .973 5.11 9 74 69 48% 48%
1921 CLE AL 29 C 105 102 81 494 393 92 9 8 .982 4.62 .971 4.89 3 47 33 41% 45%
1922 CLE AL 30 C 130 124 95 581 450 116 15 9 .974 4.35 .977 4.81 17 64 35 35% 43% MVP-6
1923 CLE AL 31 C 111 108 80 436 354 68 14 3 .968 3.80 .975 4.82 14 35 25 42% 45%
1924 BOS AL 32 C 92 91 76 430 342 75 13 2 .970 4.53 .972 4.61 14 46 46 50% 44%
1925 NYY AL 33 C 31 26 19 148 113 27 8 8 .946 4.52 .977 4.60 2 20 12 38% 45%
1927 SLB AL 35 C 60 55 47 241 180 57 4 8 .983 3.95 .974 4.63 4 33 34 51% 39%
1928 SLB AL 36 C 10 8 3 24 19 4 1 0 .958 2.30 .976 4.71 1 7 2 22% 41%
17 Seasons C 1532 1320 1112 7882 5967 1698 217 198 .972 5.00 .971 5.55 145 1092 937 46% 44%
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1.000 1.00 .980 10.60
17 Seasons TOT 1533 1320 1112 7883 5968 1698 217 199 .972 5.00 .971 5.55 145 1092 937 46% 44%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
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

Hall of Fame
1948 BBWAA ( 1.7%)
1949 BBWAA ( 3.9%)
1950 BBWAA ( 0.6%)
1951 BBWAA ( 1.3%)
1952 BBWAA ( 4.3%)
1953 BBWAA ( 4.9%)
1958 BBWAA ( 3.8%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1913 AL (24, 2%)
1922 AL (6, 20%)
0.22 Career Shares (724th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1920 AL  4.8 (9th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1920 AL  4.6 (8th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1916 AL  1.2 (8th)
1917 AL  1.3 (5th)
1918 AL  0.9 (10th)
1919 AL  1.0 (9th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1920 AL  .408 (10th)
1921 AL  .424 (7th)
1922 AL  .423 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1919 AL  35 (4th)
1920 AL  39 (7th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1920 AL  69 (8th)
1922 AL  73 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1917 AL  55 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1918 AL  7 (4th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
Career  130 (243rd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1915 AL  115 (2nd)
1916 AL  128 (1st)
1917 AL  127 (3rd)
1918 AL  113 (1st)
1919 AL  123 (2nd)
1920 AL  148 (2nd)
1922 AL  130 (4th)
Career  1,532 (29th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1915 AL  556 (2nd)
1916 AL  540 (2nd)
1917 AL  446 (4th)
1918 AL  409 (3rd)
1919 AL  472 (2nd)
1920 AL  576 (2nd)
1922 AL  450 (4th)
Career  5,967 (77th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1912 AL  108 (5th)
1914 AL  134 (5th)
1915 AL  175 (1st)
1916 AL  154 (2nd)
1917 AL  145 (4th)
1918 AL  154 (1st)
1919 AL  125 (4th)
1920 AL  128 (4th)
1922 AL  116 (4th)
Career  1,698 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1914 AL  24 (4th)
1915 AL  24 (3rd)
1916 AL  21 (1st)
1919 AL  14 (2nd)
1920 AL  17 (2nd)
1922 AL  15 (1st)
1923 AL  14 (4th)
1924 AL  13 (4th)
1925 AL  8 (4th)
Career  217 (35th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1912 AL  9 (5th)
1913 AL  9 (5th)
1914 AL  22 (1st)
1915 AL  17 (2nd)
1916 AL  36 (1st)
1917 AL  19 (1st)
1919 AL  16 (1st)
1920 AL  20 (1st)
1927 AL  8 (5th)
Career  198 (2nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1912 AL  9 (5th)
1914 AL  13 (4th)
1916 AL  17 (2nd)
1917 AL  10 (4th)
1918 AL  11 (2nd)
1920 AL  9 (2nd)
1922 AL  17 (1st)
1923 AL  14 (2nd)
1924 AL  14 (1st)
Career  145 (71st)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1912 AL  93 (5th)
1914 AL  114 (5th)
1915 AL  134 (2nd)
1916 AL  111 (2nd)
1917 AL  92 (4th)
1918 AL  69 (5th)
1920 AL  74 (2nd)
1922 AL  64 (4th)
Career  1,092 (23rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1912 AL  77 (4th)
1914 AL  93 (5th)
1915 AL  99 (1st)
1916 AL  86 (1st)
1917 AL  93 (4th)
1918 AL  80 (1st)
1919 AL  64 (4th)
1920 AL  69 (5th)
Career  937 (13th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1913 AL  49.0 (2nd)
1917 AL  50.3 (4th)
1918 AL  53.7 (3rd)
1919 AL  51.2 (4th)
1924 AL  50.0 (3rd)
1927 AL  50.7 (3rd)
Career  46.2 (71st)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1912 AL  6.24 (4th)
1914 AL  6.43 (3rd)
1915 AL  6.36 (2nd)
1916 AL  5.42 (5th)
1921 AL  4.62 (4th)
1924 AL  4.53 (3rd)
1927 AL  3.95 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1913 AL  .973 (4th)
1915 AL  .968 (5th)
1917 AL  .980 (3rd)
1918 AL  .983 (1st)
1919 AL  .977 (4th)
1921 AL  .982 (2nd)

Youngest s c a p y
1911 AL  born 1891-07-06 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 8 (1570), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 46 (429), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 26 (442), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (58th), 24.2 career WAR/20.4 7yr-peak WAR/22.3 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1920 28 Cleveland Indians $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1921 29 Cleveland Indians $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 30 Cleveland Indians $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 31 Cleveland Indians $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 32 Boston Red Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 33 New York Yankees $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 35 St. Louis Browns $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1928 36 St. Louis Browns $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$62,000
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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