Danny O'Connell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Danny O'Connell
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1927-01-21)January 21, 1927
Paterson, New Jersey
Died: October 2, 1969(1969-10-02) (aged 42)
Clifton, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 14, 1950 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1962 for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .260
Home runs 39
Runs batted in 320

Daniel Francis O'Connell (January 21, 1927 – October 2, 1969) was an American infielder in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1950 and 1953), Milwaukee Braves (1954-1957), New York/San Francisco Giants (1957-1959) and Washington Senators (1961-1962). He was born in Paterson, New Jersey.

He scored the first run in the first major league baseball game played on the West Coast.

O'Connell finished third in voting for the 1950 National League Rookie of the Year and 16th in voting for the 1953 NL MVP. O'Connell also led the American League in Sacrifice Hits (15) in 1961.

In 10 seasons he played in 1,143 games and had 4,035 at bats, 527 runs, 1,049 hits, 181 doubles, 35 triples, 39 home runs, 320 RBI, 48 stolen bases, 431 walks, .260 batting average, .333 on-base percentage, .351 slugging percentage, 1,417 total bases and 89 sacrifice hits.

O'Connell, who was residing in Bloomfield, New Jersey, died in Clifton, New Jersey at the age of 42 in a car accident. He left his wife Vera and four children, Maureen, Danny Jr, Nancy and John. He was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair, New Jersey. Daniel at the time of his MLB career, was 5'11" and 168 lbs.