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John O'Rourke

John W. O'Rourke

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: August 23, 1849 in Bridgeport, CT (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 1879 (Age 29.251)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1879 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedStockings/Metropolitans 1879-1883

Final Game: September 10, 1883 (Age 34.018)
Died: June 23, 1911 in Boston, MA
Buried: St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford, CT
Relatives: Brother of Jim O'Rourke and Uncle of Queenie O'Rourke
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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
1879 29 BSN NL 72 325 317 69 108 17 11 6 62 8 32 .341 .357 .521 .877 180 165 *O
1880 30 BSN NL 81 331 313 30 86 22 8 3 36 18 32 .275 .314 .425 .739 152 133 *O
1883 33 NYP AA 77 336 315 49 85 19 5 2 21 .270 .315 .381 .696 116 120 *O/3
3 Yrs 230 992 945 148 279 58 24 11 98 47 64 .295 .329 .442 .771 149 418
162 Game Avg. 162 699 666 104 197 41 17 8 69 33 .295 .329 .442 .771 149 294
BSN (2 yrs) 153 656 630 99 194 39 19 9 98 26 64 .308 .335 .473 .808 166 298
NYP (1 yr) 77 336 315 49 85 19 5 2 21 .270 .315 .381 .696 116 120
NL (2 yrs) 153 656 630 99 194 39 19 9 98 26 64 .308 .335 .473 .808 166 298
AA (1 yr) 77 336 315 49 85 19 5 2 21 .270 .315 .381 .696 116 120

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
1879 29 BSN NL 72 325 25 0 0 5 -4 26 2.4 11 37 3.5 .534 .515 3.1 0.1 32 $1,300 *O
1880 30 BSN NL 81 331 16 0 0 1 -4 13 1.2 11 24 2.5 .516 .508 2.4 -0.4 23 $1,300 *O
1883 33 NYP AA 77 336 5 0 0 -3 -4 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.6 .498 .499 0.9 -0.6 8 *O/3
3 Seasons 230 992 47 0 0 3 -12 37 3.4 29 66 6.6 .516 .507 6.4 -0.9 63 $2,600
BSN (2 yrs) 153 656 41 0 0 6 -8 39 3.6 22 61 6.0 .524 .511 5.5 -0.3 55 $2,600
NYP (1 yr) 77 336 5 0 0 -3 -4 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.6 .498 .499 0.9 -0.6 8

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
1879 BSN NL 29 OF 71 178 147 10 21 2 .882 2.21 .838 1.89 0-70-1
1880 BSN NL 30 OF 81 201 156 19 26 0 .871 2.16 .855 1.85 3-78-1
1883 NYP AA 33 OF 76 125 95 12 18 2 .856 1.41 .851 1.80 0-76-0
1883 NYP AA 33 1B 1 12 9 0 3 0 .750 9.00 .951 10.70
3 Seasons OF 228 504 398 41 65 4 .871 1.93 .848 1.85 3-224-2
1 Season 1B 1 12 9 0 3 0 .750 9.00 .951 10.70
3 Seasons TOT 229 516 407 41 68 4 .868 1.96 .850 1.88 3-224-2
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
1879 NL  3.5 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1879 NL  3.1 (6th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1879 NL  .341 (4th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1879 NL  .357 (5th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1879 NL  .521 (1st)
1880 NL  .425 (8th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1879 NL  .877 (1st)
1880 NL  .739 (8th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1879 NL  69 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1879 NL  108 (6th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1879 NL  165 (5th)
1880 NL  133 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1880 NL  22 (5th)
1883 AA  19 (7th)

Triples s c a p y
1879 NL  11 (4th)
1880 NL  8 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1879 NL  6 (2nd)
1880 NL  3 (5th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1879 NL  62 (1st)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1880 NL  18 (6th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1879 NL  180 (3rd)
1880 NL  152 (7th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1879 NL  59 (5th)
1880 NL  42 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1879 NL  27 (5th)
1880 NL  17 (7th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1879 NL  3.0 (5th)
1880 NL  2.0 (7th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1879 NL  34 (5th)
1880 NL  33 (5th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1879 NL  116 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1879 NL  .807 (1st)
1880 NL  .692 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1879 NL  52.8 (2nd)
1880 NL  104.3 (6th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1880 NL  81 (5th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1879 NL  147 (4th)
1880 NL  156 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1880 NL  26 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1879 NL  2.21 (3rd)
1880 NL  2.16 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1879 NL  born 1849-08-23 (10th)
1880 NL  born 1849-08-23 (9th)
1883 AA  born 1849-08-23 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 7 (326), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 36 (694), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 4 (1712), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Center Field (288th), 6.6 career WAR/6.6 7yr-peak WAR/6.6 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
1879 29 Boston Red Stockings $1,300 ? Celler committee 23
1880 30 Boston Red Stockings $1,300 ? Celler committee 23
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,600
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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