Jack O'Neill (baseball)

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Jack O'Neill
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Catcher
Born: (1871-01-10)January 10, 1871
Maam Cross, Ireland
Died: June 29, 1935(1935-06-29) (aged 64)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 1902 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1906 for the Boston Beaneaters
Career statistics
Batting average .196
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 74
Teams

John Joseph "Jack" O'Neill (January 10, 1873 – June 29, 1935) was catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1902–03), Chicago Cubs (1904–05) and Boston Beaneaters (1906). He batted and threw right-handed.

A native of Galway, Ireland, O'Neill was one of four major league brothers. Steve was a catcher and manager, Jim a shortstop, and Mike, who also was born in Ireland, was a pitcher and formed a brother battery with Jack for the St. Louis Cardinals.

O'Neill shared catching duties for the Cardinals, Cubs and Beaneaters in a modest span of five years. He was a smart runner with some speed and usually was used in pinch-running situations. His most productive season came in 1903, when he posted career-highs in batting average (.236), runs (23), hits (58), doubles (nine), runs batted in (21), stolen bases (11) and games played (75).

In 303 games O'Neill was a .196 hitter with 20 stolen bases and 74 RBI. He also collected 185 hits with 24 doubles, five triples, and one home run in 945 at-bats.

O'Neill died in Scranton, Pennsylvania, at the age of 64.

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