Bob O'Farrell

Bob O'Farrell

October 19, 1896
5' 9"
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-05-1915 with CHN
Allstar Selections:
1926 MVP

O'Farrell is one of the most forgotten players ever to win a Most Valuable Player Award. But during his time, he was a well-respected and sought-after catcher with fine defensive skills and a clutch bat. He hit .300 four times, and was the anchor behind the plate for three National League teams in his prime. In 1926 he was named NL MVP, helping to lead the Cardinals to their first World Series birth. O'Farrell gunned down Babe Ruth trying to steal second base in the seventh game, to end the Series and give St. Louis their first championship. When he retired in 1935, he ranked second in games caught in National League history, trailing Gabby Hartnett, the man whom had prompted his trade from the Cubs.

Post-Season Notes
O'Farrell had just a few token appearances in the 1918 World Series, which Chicago lost to Boston (the last time the Red Sox won a WS), because Bill Killefer was the Cubs' primary catcher. In 1926, O'Farrell caught every pitch of the Cardinals' seven-game win over the Yankees. He hit .304 (7-for-23) with a double, two walks and two RBI.

One of the greatest deals in St. Louis Cardinals' history occurred on May 23, 1925. St. Louis acquired O'Farrell for infielder Howard Freiqau and catcher Mike Gonzalez. O'Farrell was a team sparkplug the next four seasons, winning the 1926 MVP Award as the franchise won it's first title.

Bob O'Farrell
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