Jim O’Rourke

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Birthdate 9/1/1850
Death Date 1/8/1919
Debut Year 1876
Year of Induction 1945
Teams Bisons, Giants
Positions Catcher, First Base, Left Field

Jim O’Rourke played 22 of his 23 big league seasons before the start of the 20th century. The 1884 batting champ finished with 2,639 career hits.

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Jim O'Rourke recorded the first base hit in National League history in 1876

Jim O'Rourke recorded the first base hit in National League history in 1876

Jim O’Rourke started playing big league baseball before the formation of the National League. The 5’8″ catcher/first baseman spent four years in the National Association, America’s first professional sports league. When the National League was formed in 1876, O’Rourke j
O'Rourke debuted in 1872 and played his last MLB contest in 1904

O'Rourke debuted in 1872 and played his last MLB contest in 1904

Jim O’Rourke was born before the start of the Civil War and died before World War I broke out. Few pieces of memorabilia from his active playing days survive today. Shown here is a scorecard filled out and initialed by Hall of Famer Harry Wright. Dated June 5, 1883, this game features O’

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