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Dave Orr : biography

September 29, 1859 - June 2, 1915

David L. Orr (September 29, 1859 – June 2, 1915) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball from 1883 through 1890.

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Orr played most of his career in the American Association for the New York Metropolitans (1883–87), Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888) and Columbus Solons (1889). He also had stints with the New York Gothams (1883, midseason) in the National League, and for the Brooklyn Ward's Wonders (1890) of the Players League. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he batted and threw right-handed.

At and 250 pounds, Orr was one of the best ballplayers of his era as he accumulated impressive statistics in his short major league career. He never hit below .305 for a full season, and had a .973 fielding average. In his eight-season career, Orr posted a .342 batting average (1125-for-3289) with 37 home runs and 627 RBI in 791 games. He added 536 runs, 198 doubles, 108 triples and 66 stolen bases.

In 1884, Orr hit nine home runs, to fall just two shy of tying Long John Reilly and short of winning the Triple Crown, as he led the American Association in batting at .354 and RBI with 112.

On June 12, 1885 Orr hit for the cycle, the first of three men to accomplish the feat that month.

While playing in an exhibition game in Renovo, Pennsylvania, Orr was paralyzed by a stroke, which ended his baseball career.McKenna, Brian. Early exits: the premature endings of baseball careers, Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, p. 202. ISBN 0-8108-5858-4 It happened just a few weeks after the 1890 season and just days after his 31st birthday. He died in Brooklyn, New York, in 1915.

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