Eddie O'Brien (baseball)
December 11, 1930|
South Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died: February 21, 2014
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|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|
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.
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.
On February 21, 2014, O'Brien died at the age of 83.
- Cardinal McCarrick High School: Hall of Fame, accessed April 5, 2007.
- Fifty years ago tonight, Seattle U. upset the mighty Globetrotters, accessed January 24, 2008
- "Seattle U legend Ed O’Brien dies at 83". The Seattle Times. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)