Eddie O'Brien (baseball)


Eddie O'Brien (baseball)

Edward Joseph O'Brien (born December 11, 1930 in South Amboy, New Jersey) is a former backup shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955-57. O'Brien batted and threw right-handed. His twin brother, Johnny, is a former major league second baseman.

O'Brien attended Saint Mary's High School in South Amboy, now Cardinal McCarrick High School, where he has been inducted into the school's sports hall of fame. [ [http://www.cardinalmccarrick.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=118&Itemid=116 Cardinal McCarrick High School: Hall of Fame] , accessed April 5, 2007.]

He attended Seattle University, where he played on the basketball team for the Chieftains (along with his brother Johnny) and participated in a stunning 84-81 upset over the Harlem Globetrotters on January 21, 1952. [ [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/othersports/55228_globe21.shtml Fifty years ago tonight, Seattle U. upset the mighty Globetrotters] , accessed January 24, 2008]

In a five-season career, O'Brien was a .236 hitter (131-for-554) with 64 runs, 25 RBI, 10 doubles, four triples, and 11 stolen bases in 231 games played.

While in Pittsburgh, Johnny and Eddie O'Brien became the first twins in major league history to play for the same team in the same game. They are also one of only four brother combinations to play second base/shortstop on the same major league club. The others are Garvin and Granny Hamner, for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945; Frank and Milt Bolling, with the Detroit Tigers in 1958, and Billy and Cal Ripken, for the Baltimore Orioles during the 1980s.

In Jim Bouton's book "Ball Four," a memoir of the 1969 baseball season, O'Brien--who in that year had served as bullpen coach for the Seattle Pilots expansion club--was represented as Bouton's consistent antagonist.

References

External links

* [http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/O/OBrien_Eddie.stm Baseball Library]
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/o/o'bried01.shtml Baseball Reference]
* [http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/Pobrie101.htm Retrosheet]
* [http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/submit/Sargent_Jim7.stm 2B/SS combinations]


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