Tip O'Neill (baseball)

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This article is about the baseball player. For the American politician, see Tip O'Neill. For the American football player, see Tip O'Neill (American football).
For other people named James O'Neill, see James O'Neill (disambiguation).
Tip O'Neill
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Left fielder
Born: (1858-05-25)May 25, 1858
Springfield, Ontario
Died: December 31, 1915(1915-12-31) (aged 57)
Montreal, Quebec
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 5, 1883 for the New York Gothams
Last MLB appearance
August 30, 1892 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Batting average .326
Home runs 52
Runs batted in 757
Career highlights and awards

James Edward "Tip" O'Neill (May 25, 1858 – December 31, 1915) was a Canadian left fielder in Major League Baseball. He won the American Association triple crown in 1887.


O'Neill started his MLB career as a pitcher with the National League's New York Gothams in 1883. He had a win–loss record of 5–12 and a 4.07 earned run average. The following season, O'Neill joined the American Association's St. Louis Browns. He played mostly in left field that year but also pitched in some games. He had a .276 batting average and went 11–4 with a 2.68 ERA.[1]

After 1884, O'Neill was exclusively a left fielder. In 1885, he batted .350 in 52 games, and in 1886, he played over 100 games for the first time in his MLB career and batted .328 with a league-leading 107 runs batted in. In 1887, O'Neill won the AA triple crown by batting .435 with 14 home runs and 123 RBI. He also led the league in runs, hits, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. The following season, he won another batting title by hitting .335.[1] The Browns won four straight AA championships from 1885 to 1888.[2]

O'Neill batted .335 in 1889. He played for the Chicago Pirates of the Players League in 1890, returned to the Browns in 1891, and finished his career with the National League's Cincinnati Reds in 1892.[1]

O'Neill died in Montreal in 1915.[1] He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.[2]

During his youth, the future American politician Thomas O'Neill, Jr. was given the nickname "Tip" due to their shared surname. This nickname remained with him for the rest of his life.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Tip O'Neill Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "James 'Tip' O'Neill". baseballhalloffame.ca. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Hodgson, G. (1994, January 7). Obituary: Thomas P. O'Neill. The Independent (London), pp. 14.

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Preceded by
Ned Williamson
Single season doubles record holders
1887 - 1899
Succeeded by
Ed Delahanty
Preceded by
Bid McPhee
American Association Home Run Champion
Succeeded by
John Reilly