Major League Baseball Player. He played Major League Baseball as a 3rd Baseman for 11 seasons (1907 to 1917) with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox. Starting out with his hometown Cardinals in 1907, he immediately became their regular 3rd baseman, but was traded two and a half years later due to his inability to hit Major League pitching (in 1908 he hit a low .191). His late season trade to the Pirates in 1909 brought him to a team that would win the National League pennant, and would go on to defeat the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, 4 games to 3. In that series, Bobby Byrne started all 7 games at 3rd base for the Pirates, and hit a respectable .250. He blossomed into a good hitter for Pittsburgh, and led the National League in Hits (178) and Doubles (43) in 1910, and in Fielding in 1911. Towards the end of the 1913 season he was dealt to the Phillies. In 1915 his hitting declined, and he batted only .209, but still led the NL in fielding. That season saw the Phillies win the NL pennant and go to the World Series, but the starting Philadelphia 3rd baseman job for the Series went to the younger, better hitting Milt Stock. Bobby Byrne’s only appearance in the 1915 World Series was a single pinch-hitting at-bat in the ninth inning of Game 4 (the Phillies lost the Series to the Red Sox 4 Games to 1). Playing infrequently for Philadelphia over the next two years, he joined the White Sox for exactly one game in 1917 before retiring. His career totals were 1,283 Games Played, 1,225 Hits, 667 Runs, 10 Home Runs and a .254 Career Batting Average.
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