Sunday, February 11, 2018

PRE-WAR MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER DATA BASE - O

WELCOME to the largest site devoted to correcting Pre-War Minor League Baseball Player Biographies !!!!

Baseball-Reference.com, the bible of baseball statistics, is admittedly incomplete and spotty on minor league players' records prior to World War II. This site has taken on the monstrous task of updating those records. 

We believe we also have the largest collection, in one place, of minor league player photographs to accompany the players' biography.

We have increased some player's records by over 10 teams that were unrecorded. 

We have uncovered and identified many players who did not have a record at all in the archives, thus adding their history to the record. 

We have corrected records that were inaccurate. Players who shared a name with another player, brothers who received credit for their brother's statistics, and records that were just completely incorrect. 

This blog attempts to get the record closer to correct. Daily we will be adding players' updated information. We have updated over 1,800 player's bios at this point !!!!

We have added to the SABR Biographies where information was missing or inaccurate. 

We have been contacted by family members and have helped give them more information about their baseball playing ancestor. Some of the stories have been heartwarming. 

Many Major League players' minor league records have been found to have holes in them. This information is plastered all over the internet and it's incorrect. We are trying to correct the historical record. 

In order not to convolute the site, references will not be noted, but, are available upon request. 

If you wish to have a particular ballplayer researched and added to the site, just contact us at ctstreasurehaven@aol.com and for a donation of your choosing we will add. An enormous amount of time is devoted to making the data correct, any help is appreciated. 



Chuck O’Berta
Charles O'Berta
Positions: Outfielder
          
Bats:                                    Throws: Right
Height:                                 Weight: 
Born: 10/29/1885                 Died:  3/1968

Year      Age   Team                                       Lg      Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1907 (1)  21   Mattoon Giants                     EIIL     D     None   (Not Listed)
1908 (1)  22   Mattoon Giants                     EIIL     D     None   (Not Listed)
1910       24    Macomb Potters                   ILMO   D     None   (Available)
1910       24    Lincoln Abes                         ILMO   D     None   (Available)
1911       25    Lincoln Abes                         ILMO   D     None   (Available)
1912       26    Lincoln Abes                         ILMO   D     None   (Available)
1913       27    Lincoln Abes                         ILMO   D     None   (Available)
1914       28    Bloomington Bloomers         IIIL      B     None   (Available)
1915       29    Bloomington Bloomers         IIIL      B     None   (Available)
1916       30    Bloomington Bloomers         IIIL      B     None   (Available)
1917       31    Bloomington Bloomers         IIIL      B     None   (Available)
1917       31    San Antonio Bronchos         TL        B     None   (Available)
1919       33    Terre Haute Browns             IIIL       B    None   (Available)
1920       34    Terre Haute Browns             IIIL       B    None   (Available)
1921 (2)  35    Pittsburgh Pirates                SWLG   D    None   (Listed as O’Berta)    


Ray O’Brinski        
Positions: Shortstop/Third Baseman
Bats:                                  Throws:
Height:                               Weight:  
Born:                                   Died:

Year      Age   Team                                         Lg       Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1923 (1)          Mayfield Pantsmakers          KITY   D      None    (Not Listed)
1924 (2)          Wilkes-Barre Barons             NYPL  B       None    (Listed as O’Brinski)
1926 (3)          Hattiesburg Pinetoppers     CSTL   D      None    (Listed as O’Brinski)
1929                Hattiesburg/Baton Rouge   CSTL   D       None    (Listed as O’Brinski)
1930                Baton Rouge Highlanders   CSTL   D      None    (Listed as O’Brinski)


Leonard O’Byrne          Nickname: "Pat"
James Leonard Francis O’Byrne
Positions: First Baseman/Pitcher/Third Baseman/Outfielder  
Bats:                                  Throws: Right
Height:                               Weight: 
Born:  4/27/1893                Died:  2/13/1971

Year    Age   Team                                           Lg      Lev    Aff        Baseball Reference
1911 (1) 18   Nebraska City Forresters          MINT     D    None    (Listed as O'Byrne)
1912 (5) 19    Manhattan Elks                         CKSL     D    None    (Not Listed)
1912     19     Lyons Lions                               CKSL     D    None    (Available)
1913     20     Lyons Lions                               KSSL     D    None    (Available)
1913 (6) 20    Omaha Rourkes                        WL         A    None    (Not Listed)
1914 (7) 21    Muscatine Buttonmakers         CENA     D    None    (Listed as O'Bryrne)
1914     21     Keokuk Indians                         CENA     D    None    (Available)
1914     21     Hutchinson Packers                  KSSL     D    None    (Available)
1914     21     Great Bend Millers                    KSSL     D    None    (Available)
1915     22     Durham Bulls                             NCSL    D     None   (Available)
1918     25     (Military Service)
1921 (4) 28    Okmulgee Drillers                      WA        D    None    (Listed as O'Byrne)
1921 (4) 28    Drumright Oilers                        WA        D    None    (Not Listed)
1921 (4) 28    Henryetta Hens                          WA       D    None    (Not Listed)
1923 (1) 30    Coffeyville Refiners                   SWLG    C    None    (Listed as O’Bryne)
1924 (2) 31    Coffeyville Refiners                   SWLG    D    None    (Not Listed)
1924 (2) 31    Emporia Traders                        SWLG   D     None    (Listed as O’Bryne)
1925      32     Mexia Gushers                          TEXA    D     None    (Listed as Pat O'Bryne)
1925 (3) 32    Independence Producers          WA       C     None    (Listed as J. O’Byrne)

Jimmy O’Connell
Positions: Catcher
Bats:                                      Throws: Right
Height:                                   Weight:
Born:  1901                             Died:  

Year    Age   Team                                      Lg      Lev   Aff         Baseball Reference
1925     24    Seattle Indians                    PCL     AA     None   (Available)
1926     25    Pocatello Bannocks            UTID    C       None   (Available)
1927     26    Pocatello Bannocks            UTID    C       None   (Available)
1929     28    Globe Bears                        AZSL    D       None   (Available)
1929     28    San Francisco Seals           PCL     AA     None   (Available)
1930 (1) 29  Globe Bears                         AZSL    D      None   (Not Listed)
1931 (2) 30  Globe Bears                         AZTX   D      None   (Not Listed)
1932 (2) 31  Des Moines Demons            WL       A      None   (Listed as O’Connell) 



Charley O’ Day
Charles M O’Day
Positions: Second Baseman
         
Bats:                                    Throws: Right
Height:                                 Weight: 
Born:                                    Died: 

Year     Age   Team                                       Lg      Lev    Aff          Baseball Reference
1903              Dubuque Shamrocks           IIIL      B       None     (Available)
1907 (1)        Mattoon Giants                     EIIL     D      None      (Not Listed)
1908              Marion Diggers                     OHSL   D      None     (Available)
1909              Marion Diggers                     OHSL   D      None     (Available)
1909              Portsmouth Cobblers          OHSL   D      None     (Available)
1910              Decatur Commodores         NORA   D      None     (Available)
1910              Newark Newks                    OHSL    D      None     (Available)
1911              Springfield Reapers            OHSL    D      None     (Available)

Faber O’Hara
Positions: Outfielder
Bats:   Left                            Throws: Right
Height:                                   Weight: 150
Born:  10/21/1898                   Died:  1/24/1977

Year    Age   Team                                      Lg      Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1918 (1) 19  Des Moines Boosters          WL       A     None   (Not Listed)
1919      20   Des Moines Boosters          WL       A     None   (Available)
1920      21   Sioux Falls Soos                  SDAK   D     None   (Available)
1921      22   Coffeyville Refiners             SWLG  D     None   (Available)
1922 (2) 23   Winston-Salem Twins         PIED   C     None   (Listed as O’Hara)
1923 (2) 24   Winston-Salem Twins         PIED   C     None   (Listed as O’Hara)
1923 (3) 24   Greensboro Patriots           PIED   C     None   (Not Listed)
1924       25   Greensboro Patriots           PIED   C     None   (Available)
1925       26   Greensboro Patriots           PIED   C     None   (Available)
1926       27   Greensboro Patriots           PIED   C     None   (Available)
1927       28   Durham Bulls                        PIED   C     None   (Available)
1928       29   Greensboro Patriots           PIED   C     None   (Available)



Kenneth O’Kane
Kenneth C O’Kane
Positions: Catcher

Bats:                                  Throws: Right
Height:                               Weight:  
Born:   5/21/1907                Died:  11/20/1970

Year    Age   Team                                      Lg      Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1929      22    San Diego Aces                     CASL   D    None    (Available)
1929      22    Santa Ana/Pomona/Coronado CASL  D   None     (Available)
1929      22    Tucson Cowboys                   AZSL    D   None     (Available)
1930 (1) 23    Tucson Cowboys                   AZSL    D   None     (Not Listed)
1931 (2) 24    Tucson Missions                   AZTX    D    None    (Not Listed)



Emory Olive             Nickname: “Ham”
Emory F Olive
Positions: Outfield
Bats:                                  Throws:
Height:                               Weight:  162
Born:  2/22/1905                 Died: 9/1982

Year      Age   Team                              Lg       Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1927 (1) 22     Vicksburg Hill Billies     CSTL    D     None   (Listed as H. Olive)
1929 (2) 24     Quincy Red Birds           IIIL       B     None   (Not Listed)
1929 (2) 24     Cedar Rapids Bunnies   MSVL   D      None   (Listed as Olive)
1929 (2) 24     Moline Plowboys            MSVL   D      None  (Listed as Olive)
1929 (2) 24     Rock Island Islanders    MSVL   D      None  (Listed as Olive)
1930 (3) 25     Springfield Senators      IIIL       B      None  (Not Listed)
1931 (4) 26     Norfolk Elks                    NESL   D      None  (Listed as Olive)

Dick O’ Reilly        
Richard L O’ Reilly
Positions: Outfield
Bats:                                  Throws:
Height:                               Weight:  
College: University of Missouri 22’  (1)
Born:                                   Died:

Year      Age   Team                                         Lg       Lev   Aff        Baseball Reference
1922               Fort Smith Twins                    WA      C       None   (Listed as O’ Reilly)
1922               Pawhuska Osages                 WA      C       None    (Listed as O’ Reilly)
1923 (2)         Springfield Midgets                WA      C       None    (Listed as O’ Reilly)
1923 (3)         Grand Island Champions       NESL  D       None    (Listed as R. O. Reilly)


Jack O’ Reilly
Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman, Third Baseman


Bats:  Both                            Throws: Right
Height:                                   Weight: 
Born:                                      Died: 

Year    Age   Team                                     Lg      Lev   Aff        Baseball Reference
1926 (1)        Fort Myers Palms               FLOR   D     None   (Listed as O’Reilly)
1927              Norfolk Tars                        VIRL    B      None   (Available)
1928              Asheville Tourists               SALL   B     None   (Available)
1929              Asheville Tourists               SALL   B     None   (Available)
1930              Charlotte Hornets              SALL   B     None   (Available)
1931              Peoria Tractors                   IIIL      B     None   (Available)
1932 (2)         Peoria Tractors                  IIIL      B     None   (Not Listed)   


Pat O’Shea
Positions: Shortstop/Second Baseman
Bats:   Right                          Throws: Right
Height:                                   Weight:
Born:                                      Died:

Year    Age   Team                                  Lg      Lev   Aff      Baseball Reference
1925 (1)        Dubuque Ironmen           MSVL  D     None  (Listed as P. O’Shea)
1925 (1)        Rock Island Islanders    MSVL  D     None  (Listed as P. O’Shea)
1925 (2)        Vernon Tigers                  PCL    AA   None  (Listed as Pat O’Shea #1)
1926 (3)        Salt Lake City Bees        UTID   C     None  (Listed as Pat O’Shea #2)
1927 (4)        Logan Collegians            UTID   C     None  (Listed as O’Shea)
1929 (5)        Phoenix Senators           AZSL  D     None  (Listed as O’Shea)

Harry Ordway
Positions: Third Baseman/Outfielder
Bats:                                       Throws:
Height:                                   Weight: 200
Born:                                      Died:

Year    Age   Team                                             Lg      Lev   Aff      Baseball Reference
1911              Portsmouth Cobblers               OHSL   D    None   (Harry Hammond)
1911              Chillicothe Infants                     OHSL   D    None   (Harry Hammond)
1912              Chillicothe Infants                     OHSL   D    None   (Harry Hammond)
1914              Trenton Tigers                           TRIS     B    None   (Harry Hammond)
1915 (1)         Fitchburg Burghers                  NENL   B    None    (H. Ordway)
1915 (1)         Lynn Pirates                               NENL   B    None   (H. Ordway)




Lee Ormand
Tracy Lee Ormand
Positions: Pitcher

Bats:                                  Throws: Right
Height:                               Weight:
Born: 6/28/1894                  Died: 6/3/1954

Year    Age   Team                                       Lg      Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1922 (1) 28   Winston-Salem Twins             PIED    C    None    (Listed as Ormand)
1923 (2) 29   Kingsport Indians                   APPY   D    None    (Listed as Ormand)
1924 (2) 30   Scranton Miners                     NYPL   B    None    (Listed as Lee Ormond)
1925 (2) 31   Scranton Miners                     NYPL   B    None    (Listed as Lee Ormond)
1925 (3) 31    Wilson Bugs                           VIRL    B    None    (Listed as Ormond)
1926      32    Greenville Spinners               SALL    B    None    (Available)
1927      33    Greenville Spinners               SALL    B    None    (Available)
1928      34    Greenville Spinners               SALL    B    None    (Available)
1928 (4) 34    Greensboro Patriots              PIED    C     None    (Listed as Ormand)
1929      35    Greenville Spinners               SALL    B    None    (Available)
1929 (5) 35    Henderson Bunnies               PIED    C     None    (Listed as Ormand)
1930      36     Greenville Spinners              SALL    B     None    (Available)
1930      36     Charlotte Hornets                 SALL    B    None    (Available)
1930      36     Asheville Tourists                  SALL   B    None    (Available)
1931      37     Asheville Tourists                  PIED    C    None    (Available)
1931      37     Winston-Salem Twins            PIED    C    None   (Available)


Charles Orndorf             Nickname: “Lefty”
Positions: Pitcher

               
Bats:                                  Throws: Left
Height:                               Weight: 
Born:  4/24/1894              Died:  9/1/1934

Year    Age   Team                                              Lg      Lev   Aff         Baseball Reference
1913 (1)        Zanesville Flood Sufferers        ISLG    B     None    (Not Listed)
1913 (2)        Chillicothe Babes                        OHSL   D     None    (Not Listed)
1915 (3)        Marion Senators                         BUCK   D     None    (Listed as Orndolf)

Yam Ornelas
William Ornelas
Positions: Outfielder, Third Baseman, Second Baseman

Bats:                                       Throws: Right
Height:                                   Weight:
Born:                                      Died:

Year    Age   Team                                       Lg      Lev   Aff         Baseball Reference
1926 (1)        Muskogee Athletics             WA      C      None    (Listed as Ornelas)
1928 (2)        Phoenix Senators                 AZSL  D      None    (Not Listed)
1928 (3)        Beaumont Exporters           TL        A      None    (Not Listed)
1929 (4)        Phoenix Senators                 AZSL  D      None    (Listed as Ornelas)
1930 (5)        Tucson Cowboys                  AZSL   D      None    (Not Listed)        


Garland Orr              Nickname: “Chubby”
Positions: Outfield
Bats:                                  Throws:
Height:                               Weight:  
Born:                                  Died:

Year      Age   Team                                 Lg       Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1927               Mission Grapefruits       TXVL    D     None   (Available)
1928 (1)         Abilene Aces                   WTXL    D     None   (Not Listed)
1929               Abilene Aces                   WTXL    D     None   (Available)
1929 (2)         Springfield Midgets        WA        C      None   (Listed as Orr)
1930               Wichita Falls Spudders TL          A     None   (Available)
1931               San Antionio Indians     TL          A     None   (Available)
1932 (3)         Winston-Salem Twins    PIED      B     None   (Listed as Orr)
1933               Waco Cubs/Pine Bluff    DIXL      C      None   (Available)


George Ort
Positions: First Baseman  
Bats:                                    Throws:
Height:                                 Weight: 
Born:                                    Died: 

Year    Age   Team                                             Lg      Lev   Aff         Baseball Reference
1906             Mount Clemens Bathers            SMIL    D     None    (Available)
1907             Lynn Shoemakers                       NENL   B     None    (Available)
1908             Lynn Shoemakers                       NENL   B     None    (Available)
1909             Portland Beavers                        PCL      A     None    (Available)
1910             Portland Beavers                        PCL      A     None    (Available)
1911             Portland Pippins                         NWES   B     None    (Available)
1911             Seattle Giants                             NWES   B     None    (Available)
1912 (1)        Kalamazoo Celery Pickers       SMIL     D     None    (Listed as Ort)
1913 (1)        St. Thomas Saints                     CANL    C     None     (Listed as Ort)
1914 (2)        St. Thomas Saints                     CANL    B     None     (Not Listed)
1914 (1)        Toronto Beavers                        CANL    B     None     (Listed as Ort)
1915 (1)        St. Thomas Saints                     CANL    B     None     (Listed as Ort)
1915 (1)        Guelph Maple Leafs                  CANL    B     None     (Listed as Ort)


Bob Osborn
John Bode Osborn
Positions: Pitcher

Bats:    Right                     Throws:   Right
Height:    6’1                      Weight:   175
Born:  4/17/1903                 Died:  4/19/1960

Year    Age   Team                                    Lg      Lev   Aff     Baseball Reference
1923(1) 20    Wichita Falls Spudders    TL      A       CHC   (Listed as Bob Osborne)
1924      21    Wichita Falls Spudders    TL      A       CHC   (Listed as R. Osborne)
1925(2)  22   Wichita Falls Spudders    TL      A       CHC   (Listed as R. Osborne)
1925      22    Chicago Cubs                     NL     MLB  CHC   (Available)
1926      23    Chicago Cubs                     NL     MLB  CHC   (Available)
1927      24    Chicago Cubs                     NL     MLB  CHC   (Available)
1928      25    Los Angles Angels             PCL  AA      None (Available)
1929      26    Reading Keystones           IL      AA      CHC   (Available)
1929      26    Chicago Cubs                     NL     MLB   CHC   (Available)
1930      27    Chicago Cubs                     NL     MLB   CHC   (Available)
1931(3)  28   Pittsburgh Pirates             NL     MLB   PIT     (Available)
1932      29    Kansas City Blues             AA     AA      STL    (Listed as Robert Osborne)
1932      29    Columbus Red Birds         AA     AA       STL    (Listed as Robert Osborne)
1933      30    Elmira Red Wings              NYPL A        STL    (Listed as Robert Osborne)
1933      30    Springfield Senators        MSVL B        STL    (Listed as Robert Osborne)  


Sid Oster
Positions: Pitcher
Bats:                                  Throws: Right
Height:                               Weight:  
Born:                                  Died: 

Year    Age   Team                                      Lg      Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1929             Mesa Jewels                          AZSL   D     None    (Available)
1929             Miami Miners                         AZSL    D    None    (Available)
1930 (1)       Miami Miners                          AZSL    D    None    (Not Listed)
1931 (2)       Nogales Internationals           AZTX   D    None    (Not Listed)


George Ostrander
Positions: Second Baseman
Bats:                              Throws:  Right
Height:                           Weight:    
Born:                              Died:

Year    Age   Team                                       Lg      Lev   Aff      Baseball Reference
1926             Fairmont Black Diamonds   MATL  C     None  (Listed as Ostrander)
1927             Fairmont Black Diamonds   MATL  C     None  (Listed as Ostrander)


Marty O’Toole
Robert John “Marty” O’Toole
Positions: Outfielder, First Baseman
Bats:  Both   (1)                       Throws:  Right  (2)
Height:    6’0  (1)                      Weight:    190 (2)
Born:                                        Died:

Year    Age   Team                             Lg      Lev   Aff      Baseball Reference
1929(2)         Springfield Midgets    WA     C      None  (Not Listed)
1929(3)         Joplin Miners               WA     C      None  (Listed as O’Toole)



Maxwell Owen               Nickname: “Meatball”
Positions: Outfielder/Catcher
Bats:                                  Throws: Right
Height:                               Weight: 210
Born:                                  Died: 

Year    Age   Team                                Lg      Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1921 (1)        Baltimore Orioles             IL      AA   None    (Listed as Maxwell Owens)
1922             Baltimore Orioles             IL      AA   None    (Available)
1922 (2)       Winston-Salem Twins       PIED   C    None    (Listed as Owens)
1923 (3)       Frederick Hustlers            BLRI   D    None    (Not Listed)
1923 (3)       Martinsburg Blue Sox       BLRI    D    None   (Listed as Owens)




Joseph Owens         Nickname:
Positions: Second Baseman
Bats:                                  Throws: Right
Height:                               Weight:  
Born:                                  Died:  

Year      Age   Team                              Lg       Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1889                Norristown                    MIDS    N/A  None   (Listed as Owens)
1890                Lebanon                        EISL     N/A   None  (Listed as Owens)

Ora Owens
Positions: Pitcher
Bats:                                  Throws:
Height:                               Weight:  
Born:                                  Died: 

Year    Age   Team                                      Lg      Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1926 (1)        Bloomington Bloomers         IIIL      B     None    (Listed as Owens)


Billy Oyler              
William Bashore Oyler Jr
Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman

Bats:                                 Throws:  Right
Height:                              Weight:  
Born:  11/23/1884             Died:
Brother of Andy Oyler

Year        Age   Team                                        Lg       Lev   Aff       Baseball Reference
1904       19      Savannah Pathfinders         SALL   C      None   (Available)
1905       20      Savannah Pathfinders         SALL   C      None   (Available)
1906       21      Birmingham Barons             SOUA   A      None   (Available)
1907       22      Birmingham Barons             SOUA   A      None   (Available)
1907 (1) 22      Webb City Goldbugs             WA       C      None   (Listed as Oyler)
1908       23      Terre Haute Hottentots      CENL   B      None   (Available)
1909       24      Keokuk Indians                     CENA   D     None   (Available)
1909       24      Galesburg Boosters              ILMO   D     None   (Available)
1910       25      Lexington Colts                     BLGR   D     None   (Available)
1910       25      Shelbyville/Maysville            BLGR   D     None   (Available)
1912       27      Newport News                      VIRL    C      None   (Available)    


Baron Ozee
Lonnie Lee Ozee
Positions: First Baseman  
Bats:                                   Throws:
Height:                               Weight: 
Born:  4/9/1884                   Died:  8/30/1974

Year    Age   Team                                      Lg      Lev   Aff         Baseball Reference
1907      23    Waco Navigators                TL        C     None    (Available)
1910      26     Monmouth Browns            CENA   D     None    (Available)
1910      26     Vicksburg Hill Billies         CSTL    D     None    (Available)
1911 (1) 27    Gainesville Blue Ribbons  TXOK   D     None    (Listed as Ozee)
1911 (2) 27    Newton Railroaders           KSSL   D     None    (Not Listed)
1911       27    Falls City Colts                    MINK   D     None    (Available)
1912       28    Newton/Minneapolis          CKSL   D     None    (Available)