James Francis O'Rourke
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10½", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut June 12, 1912
- Final Game July 28, 1931
- Born November 28, 1893 in Hamilton, ON CAN
- Died May 14, 1986 in Chatham, NJ USA
Frank O'Rourke was a good-field, little-hit infielder who played 14 seasons in the big leagues, stretched out in the period from 1912 to 1931. He was 18 when he first broke in, if his birth date of 1893 is to be trusted, but then didn't come back to the majors for several years. At different points, he and members of his family gave different years for his birth, ranging from 1891 to 1894. His best year with the bat was 1925, when he hit .293 with 40 doubles (the league hit .292 and his team hit .302). In 1927 when he hit .268 with the St. Louis Browns who lost 94 games, he was 13th in the MVP voting.
After his playing days, O'Rourke was a minor league coach and also managed the 1931-1933 Milwaukee Brewers, 1935 Charlotte Hornets, 1936-1939 El Dorado Lions and 1942 Cordele Reds. He was later a scout with the Cincinnati Reds from 1941 to 1951 and the New York Yankees from 1952 to 1983.
While he was born in Hamilton, ON, both of his parents came from Pennsylvania, and by 1900, the family was back living in the state. There is more uncertainty about his youth, as he claimed at one point that he attended high school in Sandusky, OH, while other sources place him in Elizabeth, NJ at the time, where he began playing sandlot baseball. His professional career began in the New England League in 1911, where he lined up with the Lawrence Barristers. In 1912, he was with the Bridgeport Orators of the Connecticut League where he hit .354 in 29 games before being picked up by the Braves on June 7th.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1931||Milwaukee Brewers||American Association||33-32||5th||none||replaced Marty Berghammer (50-53) on August 4|
|1932||Milwaukee Brewers||American Association||88-78||3rd||none|
|1933||Milwaukee Brewers||American Association||67-87||7th||none|
|1935||Charlotte Hornets||Piedmont League||62-75||6th||Boston Red Sox|
|1936||El Dorado Lions||Cotton States League||75-64||4th||Cincinnati Reds||League Champs|
|1937||El Dorado Lions||Cotton States League||78-62||2nd||Cincinnati Reds||League Champs|
|1938||El Dorado Lions||Cotton States League||74-61||4th||Cincinnati Reds||Lost in 1st round|
|1939||El Dorado Lions||Cotton States League||59-75||6th||Cincinnati Reds|
|1942||Cordele Reds||Georgia-Florida League||48-78||8th||Cincinnati Reds|