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1950s Pirate, Johnny O'Brien is now among the 100 oldest MLB Players

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  • 1950s Pirate, Johnny O'Brien is now among the 100 oldest MLB Players

    Johnny O'Brien, a second baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1950s and one of the O'Brien Twins, has reached the 100 oldest living major leaguer list. (baseball-almanac.com and Wikipedia.org). He made his MLB Debut on April 19, 1953, six days before his twin brother, Eddie did. Eddie, now deceased, was an Outfielder who like Johnny also tried his hand at pitching - appearing in 5 MLB games as a pitcher, going 1-0, 3.31 era, with 1 Complete Game , during the 1953 and 1955 to 1958 baseball campaigns, spending his entire career with the Pirates. In addition to outfield and pitching duties Eddie played all infield positions except first baseman. Eddie appeared in 232 games hitting .231 with no home runs.
    Johnny played in 339 MLB games hitting .251, with 35 doubles, 5 triples and 4 home runs. he hit .260 as a Pirate.. He played 248 games at second baseman, 15 games at shortstop and he pitched in 25 MLB games, where he went 1-3, 5.61, in 24 relief appearances and one start. Johnny was with the Pirates in 1953, 1955 to 1958, went to the St. Louis Cardinals for the later part of the 1958 season and he was with the Milwaukee Braves for all of the 1959 season.
    Johnny O'Brien, now ranked as the 100 oldest currently living major leaguer, was born on December 11, 1930, which means that as of 1/1/2020 he will be 89 years and 21 days old.

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