George Burton Pinkney (January 11, 1859 – November 10, 1926) born in Orange Prairie, Illinois was a third baseman for the Cleveland Blues (1884), Brooklyn Grays/Bridegrooms/Grooms(1885–91), St. Louis Browns (1892) and Louisville Colonels (1893).

George Pinkney
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Third baseman
Born: (1859-01-11)January 11, 1859
Orange Prairie, Illinois
Died: November 10, 1926(1926-11-10) (aged 67)
Peoria, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 16, 1884, for the Cleveland Blues
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1893, for the Louisville Colonels
MLB statistics
Batting average.263

He helped the Bridegrooms win the 1889 American Association Pennant and the 1890 National League Pennant.

Pinkney led the American Association in games (141), at bats (597) and walks (70) in 1886.

He led the American Association in games (143), runs (134), times on base (234) and outs (419) in 1888.

In 10 seasons Pinkney played in 1,163 games and had 4,610 at-bats, 874 runs, 1,212 hits, 170 doubles, 56 triples, 21 home runs, 539 RBI, 526 walks, .263 batting average, .345 on-base percentage, .338 slugging percentage and 1,557 total bases. When he retired, he held Major League Baseball's all-time record for most consecutive games played (577)[1] and innings played (5,152). Both records have since been surpassed, with the innings played mark having stood for 95 years until it was broken by Cal Ripken, Jr.. He remained the only player to play in more than 500 consecutive games until Fred Luderus played in 533 games.

He died in Peoria, Illinois at the age of 67 and was interred at Springdale Cemetery.[2]

See alsoEdit



  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Baseball Almanac
  • Society for American Baseball Research
  • Glenn Stout; Richard A. Johnson; Dick Johnson (2004). The Dodgers. Houghton Mifflin Books. ISBN 0-618-21355-4.