Denny Lyons

Denny Lyons

3B, 1B
March 12, 1866
5' 10"
185 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-18-1885 with PRO

Biographical Information

Denny Lyons was a top player in the 19th Century, playing almost exclusively at third base until the last year of his 13-year career. He played for the Providence Grays (1885), Philadelphia Athletics (1886-90), St. Louis Browns (1891 and 1895), New York Giants (1892) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1893-94 and 1896-97). While he usually didn't lead the league in batting categories, he was often among the leaders while he played in the American Association and sometimes when he was in the National League.

Lyons was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lyons reached base by hit or walk in 52 consecutive games in 1887.

His most notable season was probably 1890, when he led the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.531), and OPS (.992), he was second in batting average behind Chicken Wolf.

He still ranks 45th on the MLB Career On-base percentage List (.407), behind Jeff Bagwell and ahead of Riggs Stephenson. Lyons reached base by a hit or a walk in 52 consecutive games in 1887. In 13 seasons, he played in 1,121 Games and had 4,294 At Bats, 932 Runs, 1,333 Hits, 244 Doubles, 69 Triples, 62 Home Runs, 755 RBI, 224 Stolen Bases, 621 Walks, .310 Batting Average, .407 On-base percentage, .443 Slugging Percentage and 1,901 Total Bases. He died in West Covington, Kentucky, at the age of 62.

Notable Achievements

    AA On-Base Percentage Leader (1890)
    AA Slugging Percentage Leader (1890)
    AA OPS Leader (1890)
    100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1887, 1889, 1891 & 1893)
    100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1887 & 1893)
    200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1887)
    50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 1 (1887)

Records held

    Putouts, third baseman, season, 255, 1887

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