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George Sisler
George Sisler

Michael Allen Sisler (March 24, 1893 - March 26, 1973), nicknamed "Gorgeous George," was an American star in Major League Baseball, and one of the greatest fielding first basemen of all time. He set hitting records which no one has equalled in the last eighty years. Ty Cobb called him "the nearest thing to a perfect ballplayer." He is widely regarded as having been the greatest player in St. Louis Browns history. Image File history File links United States postal stamp bearing the image of Major League Baseball player George Sisler. ... Image File history File links United States postal stamp bearing the image of Major League Baseball player George Sisler. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in leap years). ... 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... Tyrus Raymond Ty Cobb (December 18 1886 – July 17 1961), nicknamed the Georgia Peach, was a Hall of Fame baseball player. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Oriole Park at Camden Yards (1992-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1983, 1970, 1966 AL Pennants (7) 1983, 1979, 1971, 1970 1969, 1966, 1944 East Division titles (8) 1997, 1983, 1979, 1974 1973...


Born in the unincorporated hamlet of Manchester, Ohio, which is about 12 miles south of Akron, in Summit County and having played college ball for coach Branch Rickey at the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering, Sisler came into the major leagues as a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns in 1915. He signed as a free agent after the minor league contract he had signed as a minor four years earlier, and which the Pittsburgh Pirates had purchased, was declared void. The following year he switched to first base; like Babe Ruth, he was too good a hitter to be limited to hitting once every four days. He posted a record of 5-6 with a 2.35 earned run average in 24 career mound appearances, twice defeating Walter Johnson in complete games victories. Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Summit Mayor Don Plusquellic (D) Area    - City 161. ... 1914 E145 Crackerjack Branch Rickey Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 - December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive best known for two things: breaking baseballs color barrier by signing the African-American player Jackie Robinson, and later drafting the first Hispanic player, Roberto Clemente; and creating... UM also has campuses in Dearborn and Flint. ... (For the 1901-02 American League team known as the Baltimore Orioles, see New York Yankees. ... See also: 1914 in sports, 1916 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - Carlton wins the 19th VFL Premiership (Carlton 11. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,4,8,9,20,21,33,40 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882-1889) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers Stadium... George Herman Babe Ruth, Jr. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887-December 10, 1946), American professional baseball pitcher. ...

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In 1920 Sisler not only played every inning of each game, but stole 42 bases (second in the American League), collected 257 hits for an average of .407, and ended the season by hitting .442 in August and .448 in September. In breaking Cobb's 1911 record for hits in a single season, Sisler established a mark which stood until Ichiro Suzuki broke the record with 262 hits in 2004. Suzuki, however, collected his hits over 159 games during the modern 162-game season (as opposed to 154 in Sisler's era). Also in 1920, Sisler finished second in the AL in doubles and triples, as well as second to Babe Ruth in RBIs and homers. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 915 KB) Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Feb. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... See also: 1919 in sports, other events of 1920, 1921 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball (Major League) January 3 - Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sells Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan, beginning the Curse of... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1985 In baseball, a stolen base occurs when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base while the pitcher is delivering the ball to home plate. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when he safely reaches first base after batting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... Ichiro Suzuki ), often known simply as Ichiro ), born October 22, 1973 in Toyoyama, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, is the right fielder for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on...


Sisler did even better in 1922, hitting safely in 41 consecutive games - an American League record that stood until Joe DiMaggio broke it in 1941. His .420 batting average is the third-highest of the Twentieth Century, surpassed only by Rogers Hornsby's .424 in 1924 and Nap Lajoie's .422 in 1901. He was chosen as the AL's Most Valuable Player that year, the first year an official league award was given. One of the rare first basemen who were also a threat on the basepaths, Sisler stole over 25 bases in every year from 1916 to 1922, peaking with 51 the last year and leading the league three times; he also scored an AL-best 134 runs, and hit 18 triples for the third year in a row. See also: 1921 in sports, other events of 1922, 1923 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - Fitzroy wins the 26th VFL Premiership (Fitzroy 11. ... Joe DiMaggio Joseph Paul DiMaggio , born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. ... See also: 1940 in sports, 1942 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball The New York Yankees won the World Series, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers by 4 games to 1. ... Rogers Hornsby (April 27, 1896 in Winters, Texas - January 5, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois), nicknamed The Rajah, was a second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career in St. ... Nap Lajoie on a 1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ...

1915 M101-5 George Sisler
1915 M101-5 George Sisler

In 1923, however, a severe attack of sinusitis caused him to see double, forcing him to miss the entire season. While Sisler continued to hit over .300 after he returned in 1924, he never regained the level of brilliance he had enjoyed before. Even so, he continued to hit over .300 in six of his last seven seasons, and led the AL in stolen bases for a fourth time in 1927. Image File history File links 15sisler. ... Image File history File links 15sisler. ... See also: 1922 in sports, other events of 1923, 1924 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing First 24 hours of Le Mans won by André Lagache and René Leonard Baseball (Major League) The New York Yankees win their third American League pennant, and win the... Sinusitis is inflammation of the paranasal sinuses from either bacterial, fungal, viral, allergic or autoimmune issues. ... See also: 1923 in sports, other events of 1924, 1925 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball (Major Leage) Washington Senators def. ...


In 1928 the St. Louis Browns sold Sisler's contract to the Washington Senators, who in turn sold the contract to the Boston Braves in May. After batting .340, .326 and .309 in his three years in Boston, he ended his major league career with the Braves in 1930, then played in the minor leagues. He accumulated a .340 lifetime batting average over his fifteen years in the majors. He stole 375 bases during his career. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. Outside of St. Louis' Busch Stadium there is a statue honoring Sisler. See also: 1927 in sports, other events of 1928, 1929 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Cricket 23 June-26 June, London - West Indies play their first Test match, against England. ... (For the 1901-02 American League team known as the Baltimore Orioles, see New York Yankees. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1924 AL Pennants (6) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1933 1925 â€¢ 1924 Central Division titles (3) 2004 â€¢ 2003 â€¢ 2002 West Division titles (4... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Ballpark Turner Field (1997–present) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1966-1996) Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee) (1953-1965) Braves Field (Boston) (1915-1952) Fenway Park... See also: 1929 in sports, other events of 1930, 1931 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Basketball The South American Basketball Championship 1930, won by Uruguay, is the first major international basketball championship. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... See previous election: 1938 and next election: 1942 The 1939 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame were the last ones conducted prior to the Halls opening that year. ... Busch Stadium has been the name for three different sports venues in Saint Louis, Missouri. ...


Sisler's sons, Dick and Dave, were also major league players in the 1950s. Another son, George Jr., served as a minor league executive. Richard Alan (Dick) Sisler (November 2, 1920 - November 20, 1998) was a player, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ...


George Sisler died in Richmond Heights, Missouri at age 80. Richmond Heights is a city located in St. ...


In 1999, he ranked Number 33 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Preceded by:
Ty Cobb
American League Batting Champion
1920
Succeeded by:
Harry Heilmann
Preceded by:
Harry Heilmann
American League Batting Champion
1922
Succeeded by:
Harry Heilmann
Preceded by:
Eddie Collins
American League Most Valuable Player
1922
Succeeded by:
Babe Ruth
Preceded by:
Jimmy Austin
St. Louis Browns Manager
1924-1926
Succeeded by:
Dan Howley
Preceded by:
Ty Cobb
Single season base hit record holders Succeeded by:
Ichiro Suzuki

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George Sisler Obituary (158 words)
Baseball Almanac presents the actual obituary of George Sisler taken from The New York Times (March 27, 1973) and digitally enhanced for optimal research.
George Sisler won two (2) American League batting titles (.407 in 1920 and.420 in 1922) and had over two-hundred (200) hits six (6) times during his career.
On September 1, 1918, Gorgeous George hit yet another double, but he probably remembered this particular two-bagger a bit more than the others as it came off the arm of Ty Cobb — who was making his major league pitching debut.
George Sisler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (588 words)
George Harold Sisler (March 24, 1893 - March 26, 1973), nicknamed "Gorgeous George," was an American star in Major League Baseball, and one of the greatest fielding first basemen of all time.
George Sisler died in Richmond Heights, Missouri at age 80.
Sisler's single season hits record (257 in 154 games) was broken by Ichiro Suzuki, who had 262 hits (in 162 games), during the 2004 baseball season.
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