Baseball player, Charley O'Leary, shortstop, Detroit Tigers, dropping bat and running after swing. in game against Chicago White Sox 1905 Photo SUMMARY
Image of Baseball player, Charley O'Leary, shortstop, American League, Detroit Tigers, dropping bat and running after swing during a game at South Side Park which was located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois. Bleachers filled with spectators are partially visible in the background. SDN-003095, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
One of the leading shortstops of the dead ball era, Charley O’Leary played during the era when the focus was on the infield, and the infield was a pebble-filled baseball diamond. He manned the shortstop position for the Detroit Tigers from 1904 thru 1908 and his teammates included Hall of Fame outfielders Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford.
Although Charles O’Leary did not bat high his fielding helped the Tigers win three consecutive American League pennants. Charley O’Leary played shortstop in every game in the 1907 and 1908 World Series, though Detroit lost both Series to the Cubs, the first in 4 games, the second in 5 games. O’Leary played in one game at third base in the 1909 World Series, which Detroit lost to Pittsburgh in 7 games.
In 1934, over 20 years after he retired, Charley O’Leary, as a coach, pinch-hit in a regular season game for the St. Louis Browns. He successfully got a hit in one at bat.