Deceased Bridgeport resident James O'Rourke inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

A former Bridgeport resident was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. James O'Rourke was the first major league player to

His great-grandson, 76-year-old Tom Grant, made the trip to Cooperstown for the induction ceremony.

His great-grandson, 76-year-old Tom Grant, made the trip to Cooperstown for the induction ceremony. (8/27/13)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - A former Bridgeport resident was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

James O'Rourke was the first major league player to get a hit in baseball. He and 11 others were supposed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945, but World War II prevented the official ceremony from taking place.

O'Rourke's 76-year-old great-grandson, Tom Grant, and 51 other family members made the trek to Cooperstown to attend the long overdue induction.

O'Rourke died in 1919, but Grant says his legacy and character continues to live on in every surviving family member.

There is now a statue of O'Rourke outside of the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. 

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