Eddie O'Brien (baseball)
Edward Joseph O'Brien (December 11, 1930 – February 21, 2014) was an American Major League Baseball shortstop, outfielder and pitcher. He played his entire five-year baseball career for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955–58). His twin brother, Johnny, is a former second baseman and pitcher.
O'Brien as a coach for the Seattle Pilots in 1969
|Shortstop / Center fielder / Pitcher|
|Born: December 11, 1930|
South Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died: February 21, 2014 (aged 83)|
|April 25, 1953, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 19, 1958, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||25|
|Earned run average||3.31|
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. Later he and Johnny were drafted by the NBA's Milwaukee Hawks in 1953, but they never played in the NBA.
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. O'Brien also worked as the Athletic Director at Seattle University and as an energy consultant for the Alaskan shipping industry.
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