April 2014 Issue

Hall of Fame Spotlight

There are National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees that are household names to even the most casual baseball fan. But there are many somewhat obscure names that you may have not heard of. In this section, we salute these somewhat forgotten stars of the past, by spotlighting their amazing careers.

Jim O'Rourke

First Game:4/26/1872
Last Game:9/22/1904
Induction: Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1945.
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"'Orator Jim' played ball until he was past fifty, including twenty-one Major League seasons. An outfielder and catcher for the Boston Red Stockings of 1875. He later wore the uniforms of the championship Providence team of 1879, Buffalo, New York and Washington. "

The owner of the National League's very first hit, Jim O'Rourke played baseball until he was past the age of 50, after which he continued in the game as a manager, umpire and Minor League president. Nicknamed Orator Jim because of his tendency toward lengthy rhetoric, O'Rourke began his pro career in 1872 and played on six pennant-winning clubs in seven years, from 1873-79. O'Rourke captured the National League batting title in 1884 by hitting .350, and in 1888 and '89 helped New York to its first two league championships.
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By Bill Lamb
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