- Eddie O'Brien (baseball)
Edward Joseph O'Brien (born
December 11, 1930in South Amboy, New Jersey) is a former backup shortstopin Major League Baseballwho 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.]
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 Globetrotterson 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]
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 Philliesin 1945; Frank and Milt Bolling, with the Detroit Tigersin 1958, and Billy and Cal Ripken, for the Baltimore Oriolesduring 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.
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