James Edward O'Neill

James Edward O'Neill, "Tip," baseball player (b at Springfield, Canada W 25 May 1858; d at Montréal, 31 Dec 1915). He played amateur baseball in Woodstock, Ontario, before beginning a 10-year major-league career in 1883. A popular idol in St Louis, Mo, where he played from 1884 to 1889 and then again in 1891, O'Neill was greeted at bat by blaring trumpets, and in 1888 his picture adorned the team's train. He holds the all-time major league season-high batting average of.492, achieved in 1887 when bases on balls were calculated as hits. His career batting average of.326 is a Canadian major league high.