Jim O’Rourke

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Birthdate9/1/1850
Death Date1/8/1919
Debut Year1876
Year of Induction1945
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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In the collection:

Harry Wright's initialed scorecard from June 5, 1883 - Player/Manager Jim O'Rourke bats leadoff

Harry Wright's initialed scorecard from June 5, 1883 - Player/Manager Jim O'Rourke bats leadoff

Jim O’Rourke was born before the start of the Civil War and died before World War I broke out. Needless to say, his autograph has rarely surfaced. Representing O’Rourke in the collection is this scorecard from June 5, 1883. Filled out and initialed by Hall of Famer Harry Wright, this pie

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