5. Ed Delahanty
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 30, 1867 in Cleveland, OH USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 22, 1888
  • Final Game: June 25, 1903
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Ed Delahanty was a highly touted player in the late 1880’s (yes they did think longterm in baseball back then) and after a few years and a quick jump to the Player’s League and back, a refocused dedication to the sport saw him live up to those projections.

Delahanty would emerge as one of the top hitters in the National League in the 1890’s.  Four times he would lead the National League in Slugging, and would also have a season each where he topped the NL in Batting Average and in On Base Percentage.  A two time Home Run Champion, Delahanty also led the League in Runs Batted In three times and exceed the .400 mark in Batting Average three times! While the on-field accomplishments of Delahanty were impressive, like so many of his time he suffered from alcoholism.  Allegedly in a drunken stupor he was kicked off a train after threatening passengers with a razor (he was apparently drunk).  He was found on the bottom of Niagara Falls after falling over them two weeks after being seen yelling about wanting to die.  He was only 35 years old.

Delahanty would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 via the Old Timers Committee.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base, Second Base, Outfield
  • Acquired: Purchased from the Philadelphia Quakers (Tri-State League) 5/21/88.
  • Departed:

    Jumped to the Cleveland Infants of the Players League before the 1890 Season.

    Acquired (2):

    Jumped back to Philadelphia prior to the 1891 Season.

    Departed (2):

    Signed with the Washington Senators 10/19/01.

  • Games Played: 1557
  • Notable Statistics: 1,368 Runs Scored
    2,214 Hits
    442 Doubles
    158 Triples
    87 Home Runs
    1,288 RBI
    411 Stolen Bases
    .348/.414/.508 Slash Line
    60.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for a Position Player (1893)

    Highest Batting Average (1899)

    Highest On Base Percentage (1895)

    Highest Slugging Percentage (1892, 1893, 1896 & 1899)

    Highest OPS (1895, 1896, 1899 & 1901)

    Most Hits (1899)

    Most Total Bases (1893 & 1899)

    Most Doubles (1895, 1896, 1899 & 1901)

    Most Triples (1892)

    Most Home Runs (1893 & 1896)

    Most Runs Batted In (1893, 1896 & 1899)

    Most Stolen Bases (1898)

    Highest Power-Speed# (1893)
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