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James Joseph O'Connell (February 11, 1901 – November 11, 1976) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball.

Jimmy O'Connell
Jimmy O'Connell 1924.jpeg
Born: (1901-02-11)February 11, 1901
Sacramento, California
Died: November 11, 1976(1976-11-11) (aged 75)
Bakersfield, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1923, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1924, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.270
Home runs8
Runs batted in57
  • New York Giants (1923–24)


O'Connell was born in Sacramento, California. He started his professional baseball career in the Pacific Coast League at the age of 18. Playing for the San Francisco Seals, O'Connell batted over .330 in 1921 and 1922; he was then purchased by the New York Giants for $75,000. He served as a backup outfielder for the Giants in 1923 and 1924.

In the final series of the 1924 season, the Giants were playing the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds and battling for the pennant with the Brooklyn Dodgers. O'Connell offered Phillies shortstop Heinie Sand $500 to throw the games. Sand rejected the bribe and reported it to Phillies manager Art Fletcher. It eventually led to the life-time suspension of O'Connell and Giants coach Cozy Dolan by Commissioner Landis, although future-Hall of Famers Frankie Frisch, George Kelly, and Ross Youngs were also implicated.[1]

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  1. ^ Jordan, David M. (2002). Occasional Glory: The History of the Philadelphia Phillies. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 64.

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