Darby O'Brien

For the pitcher sometimes known as Darby O'Brien, see Cinders O'Brien.
Darby O'Brien
Born: (1863-09-01)September 1, 1863
Peoria, Illinois
Died: June 15, 1893(1893-06-15) (aged 29)
Peoria, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1887, for the New York Metropolitans
Last MLB appearance
October 15, 1892, for the Brooklyn Grooms
MLB statistics
Batting average .282
Hits 805
Runs 577

William D. "Darby" O'Brien (September 1, 1863 – June 15, 1893) was a Major League Baseball player in the late 19th century. He played outfield for the New York Metropolitans in 1887 and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms/Grooms from 1888–1892. O'Brien developed lung problems during his playing career and continued to play, despite his ill health. When he reported to spring training for the 1893 season, the team found that he was too ill to play and sent him to Colorado to try to recover. They played a benefit game to raise money for him.[1]

O'Brien died later that year of typhoid fever at the age of 29.[2]

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