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Frank O'Rourke

James Francis O'Rourke (Blackie)

Positions: Third Baseman, Shortstop and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: November 28, 1893 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (All Transactions)
Debut: June 12, 1912 (Age 18.197, 3,694th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1912 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Tigers/Senators/Robins/RedSox/... 1912-1931

Last Game: July 28, 1931 (Age 37.242)
Died: May 14, 1986 in Chatham, NJ
Buried: Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth, NJ
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 24, 2014 7:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1811. Jimmy McAleer… #1812. Bubba Phillips… #1813. Frank Taveras… #1814. FRANK O'ROURKE… #1815. Jorge Cantu… #1816. Mike Hershberger… #1817. Gerald Perry… 

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
1912 18 BSN NL 61 216 196 11 24 3 1 0 16 1 11 50 .122 .177 .148 .325 -11 29 2 7 6/5
1917 23 BRO NL 64 221 198 18 47 7 1 0 15 11 14 25 .237 .294 .283 .577 76 56 2 7 5
1918 24 BRO NL 4 13 12 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 .167 .231 .167 .397 23 2 0 0 /48O
1920 26 WSH AL 14 58 54 8 16 1 0 0 5 2 1 2 5 .296 .321 .315 .636 71 17 0 2 6/5
1921 27 WSH AL 123 488 444 51 104 17 8 3 54 6 7 26 56 .234 .287 .329 .616 60 146 7 9 *6
1922 28 BOS AL 67 245 216 28 57 14 3 1 17 6 6 20 28 .264 .335 .370 .705 84 80 3 7 65
1924 30 DET AL 47 206 181 28 50 11 2 0 19 7 4 12 19 .276 .332 .359 .691 80 65 3 10 4/6
1925 31 DET AL 124 555 482 88 141 40 7 5 57 5 8 32 37 .293 .350 .436 .786 100 210 11 29 *4/5
1926 32 DET AL 111 421 363 43 88 16 1 1 41 8 6 35 33 .242 .321 .300 .621 62 109 7 17 546
1927 33 SLB AL 140 628 538 85 144 25 3 1 39 18 8 64 43 .268 .358 .331 .689 78 178 12 13 *54/3 MVP-13
1928 34 SLB AL 99 438 391 54 103 24 3 1 62 10 2 21 19 .263 .303 .348 .650 68 136 1 25 5/6
1929 35 SLB AL 154 659 585 81 147 23 9 2 62 14 7 41 28 .251 .306 .332 .637 62 194 5 28 *5/46
1930 36 SLB AL 115 450 400 52 107 15 4 1 41 11 9 35 30 .268 .326 .333 .659 65 133 0 15 56/3
1931 37 SLB AL 8 10 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .222 .222 .222 .444 16 2 0 1 /63
14 Yrs 1131 4608 4069 547 1032 196 42 15 430 100 59 314 377 .254 .315 .333 .649 69 1357 53 170
162 Game Avg. 162 660 583 78 148 28 6 2 62 14 45 54 .254 .315 .333 .649 69 194 8 24
SLB (5 yrs) 516 2185 1923 272 503 87 19 5 204 54 27 161 121 .262 .324 .334 .659 68 643 18 82
DET (3 yrs) 282 1182 1026 159 279 67 10 6 117 20 18 79 89 .272 .337 .374 .711 83 384 21 56
WSH (2 yrs) 137 546 498 59 120 18 8 3 59 8 8 28 61 .241 .291 .327 .618 61 163 7 11
BRO (2 yrs) 68 234 210 18 49 7 1 0 17 11 15 28 .233 .291 .276 .567 73 58 2 7
BSN (1 yr) 61 216 196 11 24 3 1 0 16 1 11 50 .122 .177 .148 .325 -11 29 2 7
BOS (1 yr) 67 245 216 28 57 14 3 1 17 6 6 20 28 .264 .335 .370 .705 84 80 3 7
AL (11 yrs) 1002 4158 3663 518 959 186 40 15 397 88 59 288 299 .262 .324 .347 .671 72 1270 49 156
NL (3 yrs) 129 450 406 29 73 10 2 0 33 12 26 78 .180 .236 .214 .451 30 87 4 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
1912 18 BSN NL 61 216 -31 0 0 -5 4 -32 -3.4 7 -26 -2.7 .445 .479 -2.2 -0.2 -21 6/5
1917 23 BRO NL 64 221 -5 1 0 1 2 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.4 .496 .499 0.3 0.4 4 5
1918 24 BRO NL 4 13 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .468 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /48O
1920 26 WSH AL 14 58 -2 0 0 -3 1 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .471 .498 0.1 -0.2 1 $3,600 6/5
1921 27 WSH AL 123 488 -28 -1 0 -9 8 -30 -2.8 18 -12 -1.0 .477 .482 -0.2 -0.0 -3 $4,000 *6
1922 28 BOS AL 67 245 -5 -1 0 -3 4 -5 -0.6 9 4 0.4 .492 .497 0.7 0.1 7 $3,500 65
1924 30 DET AL 47 206 -6 0 0 -2 2 -6 -0.6 8 2 0.2 .488 .496 0.4 0.0 4 $5,000 4/6
1925 31 DET AL 124 555 -1 -1 0 0 4 2 0.2 21 22 2.2 .501 .501 2.2 0.4 22 $5,000 *4/5
1926 32 DET AL 111 421 -20 -0 0 -6 4 -22 -2.2 16 -6 -0.6 .480 .486 -0.0 -0.2 -0 $6,000 546
1927 33 SLB AL 140 628 -16 1 0 -3 4 -14 -1.3 23 9 1.0 .491 .492 1.2 0.1 12 $6,000 *54/3 MVP-13
1928 34 SLB AL 99 438 -19 2 0 -7 3 -21 -2.1 16 -5 -0.5 .479 .487 0.2 -0.4 2 $7,000 5/6
1929 35 SLB AL 154 659 -34 1 0 -6 4 -35 -3.4 25 -10 -0.9 .478 .479 -0.3 -0.2 -4 $7,500 *5/46
1930 36 SLB AL 115 450 -21 -1 0 0 4 -19 -1.7 17 -2 -0.0 .485 .489 -0.1 0.3 -2 $7,500 56/3
1931 37 SLB AL 8 10 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .483 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $7,500 /63
14 Seasons 1131 4608 -191 0 0 -43 44 -190 -18.8 169 -22 -1.9 .483 .489 2.0 0.1 21 $62,600
SLB (5 yrs) 516 2185 -91 2 0 -16 15 -89 -8.6 81 -8 -0.5 .483 .487 0.9 -0.1 8 $35,500
DET (3 yrs) 282 1182 -27 -1 0 -8 10 -27 -2.6 44 18 1.8 .491 .494 2.5 0.2 26 $16,000
WSH (2 yrs) 137 546 -30 -1 0 -12 9 -34 -3.2 21 -14 -1.2 .476 .484 -0.1 -0.2 -2 $7,600
BRO (2 yrs) 68 234 -6 1 0 1 2 -3 -0.4 7 4 0.3 .495 .499 0.2 0.4 3
BSN (1 yr) 61 216 -31 0 0 -5 4 -32 -3.4 7 -26 -2.7 .445 .479 -2.2 -0.2 -21
BOS (1 yr) 67 245 -5 -1 0 -3 4 -5 -0.6 9 4 0.4 .492 .497 0.7 0.1 7 $3,500

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
1912 BSN NL 18 SS 59 283 92 167 24 16 .915 4.39 .931 5.19
1912 BSN NL 18 3B 1 3 1 1 1 0 .667 2.00 .933 3.20
1917 BRO NL 23 3B 58 55 50 216 72 134 10 6 .954 3.55 .942 3.24
1918 BRO NL 24 2B 2 2 2 14 2 10 2 1 .857 6.00 .957 5.45
1918 BRO NL 24 CF 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 2.70
1918 BRO NL 24 OF 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 2.30
1920 WSH AL 26 SS 13 13 12 84 35 45 4 11 .952 6.15 .944 5.21
1920 WSH AL 26 3B 1 1 1 5 3 2 0 1 1.000 5.00 .946 3.60
1921 WSH AL 27 SS 122 120 119 704 272 377 55 58 .922 5.32 .941 5.34
1922 BOS AL 28 SS 49 44 41 242 86 134 22 16 .909 4.49 .946 5.20
1922 BOS AL 28 3B 20 16 13 50 12 36 2 2 .960 2.40 .950 3.45
1924 DET AL 30 2B 40 41 39 263 115 140 8 27 .970 6.38 .966 5.76
1924 DET AL 30 SS 7 6 6 40 12 25 3 1 .925 5.29 .949 5.14
1925 DET AL 31 2B 118 115 98 712 309 382 21 67 .971 5.86 .962 5.76
1925 DET AL 31 3B 6 5 5 17 7 9 1 0 .941 2.67 .947 3.22
1926 DET AL 32 3B 60 54 49 218 83 121 14 18 .936 3.40 .951 3.37
1926 DET AL 32 2B 41 38 32 241 98 135 8 25 .967 5.68 .967 5.63
1926 DET AL 32 SS 10 1 1 17 9 7 1 0 .941 1.60 .944 5.01
1927 SLB AL 33 3B 121 121 112 447 183 244 20 27 .955 3.53 .952 3.33 MVP-13
1927 SLB AL 33 2B 16 16 16 107 53 51 3 18 .972 6.50 .961 5.69 MVP-13
1927 SLB AL 33 1B 3 1 1 14 10 4 0 2 1.000 4.67 .988 10.70 MVP-13
1928 SLB AL 34 3B 96 96 90 327 150 162 15 13 .954 3.25 .951 3.27
1928 SLB AL 34 SS 2 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 1.50 .937 5.10
1929 SLB AL 35 3B 151 150 142 438 171 242 25 30 .943 2.74 .952 3.10
1929 SLB AL 35 2B 3 1 1 10 6 4 0 1 1.000 3.33 .968 5.90
1929 SLB AL 35 SS 2 2 0 16 7 9 0 1 1.000 8.00 .937 5.20
1930 SLB AL 36 3B 84 79 74 280 116 150 14 16 .950 3.17 .945 3.04
1930 SLB AL 36 SS 23 25 22 126 40 82 4 13 .968 5.30 .940 5.12
1930 SLB AL 36 1B 3 1 1 15 11 3 1 2 .933 4.67 .989 10.00
1931 SLB AL 37 SS 2 1 1 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 2.00 .935 5.20
1931 SLB AL 37 1B 1 1 1 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 14.00 .991 10.00
10 Seasons 3B 598 577 536 2001 798 1101 102 113 .949 3.18 .950 3.22
10 Seasons SS 289 212 202 1519 555 851 113 116 .926 4.87 .940 5.24
6 Seasons 2B 220 213 188 1347 583 722 42 139 .969 5.93 .964 5.73
3 Seasons 1B 7 3 3 43 35 7 1 4 .977 6.00 .989 10.30
1 Season CF 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 2.70
1 Season OF 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 2.30 0-1-0
14 Seasons TOT 1115 1006 930 4912 1972 2682 258 372 .947 4.17 .951 4.28 0-1-0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1927 AL (13, 9%)
0.09 Career Shares (973rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1929 AL  154 (3rd)

At Bats s c a p y
1929 AL  585 (9th)

Doubles s c a p y
1925 AL  40 (5th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1927 AL  64 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1921 AL  56 (6th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1927 AL  18 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1921 AL  7 (8th)
1925 AL  11 (2nd)
1926 AL  7 (7th)
1927 AL  12 (1st)
1929 AL  5 (6th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1925 AL  29 (5th)
1928 AL  25 (7th)
1929 AL  28 (3rd)
Career  170 (119th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1929 AL  473 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1921 AL  55 (1st)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1925 AL  118 (3rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1925 AL  309 (3rd)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1925 AL  382 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1925 AL  67 (4th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1927 AL  121 (5th)
1928 AL  96 (5th)
1929 AL  151 (2nd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1927 AL  183 (3rd)
1928 AL  150 (2nd)
1929 AL  171 (3rd)
1930 AL  116 (5th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1927 AL  244 (5th)
1929 AL  242 (4th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1927 AL  20 (4th)
1928 AL  15 (4th)
1929 AL  25 (2nd)
1930 AL  14 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1926 AL  18 (3rd)
1927 AL  27 (3rd)
1929 AL  30 (1st)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1921 AL  122 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1921 AL  272 (5th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1921 AL  377 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1921 AL  55 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1925 AL  5.86 (2nd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1925 AL  .971 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1927 AL  3.53 (2nd)
1928 AL  3.25 (4th)
1929 AL  2.74 (5th)
1930 AL  3.17 (2nd)
Career  3.18 (53rd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1927 AL  .955 (4th)
1929 AL  .943 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1921 AL  5.32 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1931 AL  born 1893-11-28 (7th)

Youngest s c a p y
1912 NL  born 1893-11-28 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 8 (1569), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 1 (2306), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1487), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (378th), -1.9 career WAR/4.1 7yr-peak WAR/1.1 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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 26 Washington Senators $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1921 27 Washington Senators $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 28 Boston Red Sox $3,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 30 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 31 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 32 Detroit Tigers $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 33 St. Louis Browns $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1928 34 St. Louis Browns $7,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1929 35 St. Louis Browns $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1930 36 St. Louis Browns $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1931 37 St. Louis Browns $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$62,600
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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