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264. Jimmy Ryan

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264. Jimmy Ryan
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 11, 1863 in Clinton, MA USA
  • Weight: 162 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: October 08, 1885
  • Final Game: September 24, 1903
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One of the early stars of Chicago baseball was Outfielder Jimmy Ryan, who played for the Cubs back when they were called the White Stockings and when they were the Colts.  Oh, and also when they were the Orphans.  He also was with the Chicago Pirates of the Players’ League.  Simply put, if you went to a professional baseball game in Chicago from 1885 to 1900, you saw Jimmy Ryan play.

Ryan was a consistent hitter through his career, and for this deadball era, he had quite a bit of power.  The Outfielder led the National League in Home Runs in 1888 (16), and he was also the league-leader in Hits (182), Doubles (33), and Slugging Percentage (.515).  Ryan batted .332 that year, and he would surpass the .300 mark nine other years.  He was also very good on the basepaths, with Ryan swiping over 25 Bases nine times.

While we can't say that his overall stats scream a Hall of Famer, Ryan has 1,643 Runs, 2,513 Hits, and a lifetime Batting Average of .308.  You would think that he would at least have shown up on a ballot, but that never happened for Ryan.  Maybe because he allegedly punched reporters (more than once), but writers never hold grudges over decades, do they?

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Clinton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Chicago Colts, Chicago Orphans, Chicago Pirates, Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None)  
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1) (NL) (1888)
    Most Plate Appearances (1) (NL) (1889)
    Most Hits (1) (NL) (1888)
    Most Total Bases (2) (NL) (1888 & 1889)
    Most Doubles (1) (NL) (1888)
    Most Home Runs (1) (NL) (1888)
    Most Extra Base Hits (1) (NL) (1889)
    Highest Power-Speed # (2) (NL) (1888 & 1889)

  • Other Points of Note:

    2 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    37. Runs Scored: 1,643
    45. Triples: 157
    63. Stolen Bases: 419
    91. Singles: 1,787

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: N/A.
  • Should be Inducted As A: Chicago Colt

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