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Bobby Byrne (baseball)

Bobby Byrne
Third baseman
Born: (1884-12-31)December 31, 1884
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: December 31, 1964(1964-12-31) (aged 80)
Wayne, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1907, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 4, 1917, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .254
Hits 1225
Runs batted in 329
Stolen bases 176
Career highlights and awards

Robert Matthew Byrne (December 31, 1884 – December 31, 1964) was a third baseman in Major League Baseball. From 1907 through 1917, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1907–1909), Pittsburgh Pirates (1909–1913), Philadelphia Phillies (1913–1917) and Chicago White Sox (1917). Byrne batted and threw right-handed. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri.


  • Baseball 1
  • Soccer 2
  • See also 3
  • Sources 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6


A 1911 trading card for Bobby Byrne.

The speedy Byrne was a defensive stalwart with excellent range. He started his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1907 season. Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in late August 1909, he contributed for his new club down the stretch, including allowing Tommy Leach to stay in center field. Used mainly in the leadoff spot, Byrne made just two errors while hitting .256 with eight stolen bases.

Byrne enjoyed his most productive season in 1910, when he posted career-numbers in batting average (.296), RBI (52), runs (101), stolen bases (36), slugging percentage (.417), and led the National League with 178 hits and in doubles with 43 (also career highs).

Despite a low .259 average in 1911, Byrne scored 96 runs with 23 stolen bases and set career highs in triples (17) and games played (153). He raised to .288 in 1912, adding 31 doubles, 11 triples, and 20 steals.

In the 1913 midseason Byrne was traded by Pittsburgh along with pitcher Howie Camnitz to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for utility Cozy Dolan and cash considerations. In 1917 he was selected off waivers by the Chicago White Sox from the Phillies, making his last major league appearance in the 1917 World Series.

In an 11-season career, Byrne was a .254 hitter with 10 home runs and 329 RBI in 1283 games. He also collected 176 stolen bases and posted an above average walk-to-strikeout ratio of 2.07 (456-to-220).


Byrne played soccer in the St. Louis Soccer League during the off-season. When he signed with the Pirates, team president Barney Dreyfuss ordered him to give it up.[1]

Following his baseball career, Byrne was owner of a bowling alley in St. Louis.

Bobby Byrne died in Wayne, Pennsylvania on his 80th birthday.

See also


  • Baseball Library
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • The Deadball Era

External links

  • Robert Byrne at Find-A-Grave


  1. ^ November 23, 1912 Sporting Life
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