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Encyclopedia > Mickey Vernon
Mickey Vernon, playing for Washington
Mickey Vernon, playing for Washington

James Barton Vernon (Mickey) (born April 22, 1918 in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Washington Senators (1939-1948, 1950-1955) for the majority of his career, plus 4 other teams: the Cleveland Indians (1949-1950, 1958), the Boston Red Sox (1956-1957), the Milwaukee Braves (1959), and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1960). He played first base while in the Majors, and batted and threw left-handed. A picture of Vernon in his days with Washington. ... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Marcus Hook is a borough located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) 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) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1969 Wild... The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1903 AL Pennants (11) 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1967 1946 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1903 East Division titles (5) 1995 â€¢ 1990 â€¢ 1988 â€¢ 1986 1975 Wild card berths... The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ...

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Career Overview

Mickey Vernon attended Villanova University, before making his debut on July 8, 1939. Villanova University is a private university in Villanova, Pennsylvania, a part of Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia on the Pennsylvania Main Line. ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 176 days remaining. ... 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The best part of Vernon, according to most, was his sheer hitting skills. In 14 full seasons (400 at bats or more), Vernon hit over .335 twice, over .300 five times, and over .290 nine times. In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ...


It can be argued which season was his best; 1946 or 1953. In 1946, Vernon's stats with the Senators were jaw-dropping in the pure hitting area, however, his power numbers were not there yet. Vernon hit a career-high .353 (led the league), with 8 home runs and 85 RBI's. He had 14 stolen bases and 88 runs scored in 587 at bats. He had 207 hits, a career-high. He had a .403 on base percentage and led the league in doubles with 51. It was his first real great season, and he made his first ML All-Star Game. See also: 1945 in sports, other events of 1946, 1947 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball January 23: Hall of Fame election: The writers vote again fails to select an inductee, despite a newly revamped voting process. ... See also: 1952 in sports, 1954 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Sam Hanks won the season driving championship Formula One Championship - Italy 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Tony Rolt... For other uses of the phrase see Home run (disambiguation) 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 for each runner who was already on... 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. ... 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. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when the batter safely reaches first base after hitting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... 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. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ...


In 1953, he put up all-around outstanding numbers, picking up a number of career highs. Again, he led the league in batting average with .337, and this time picked up 15 homers and 115 RBI's, a career high, in 608 at bats. His hit total came out to over 200 again, at 205, while his stolen base numbers went down to 4. He scored over 100 runs for the first and only time, at 101. Again, he led the league in doubles, this time with only 43, and again he had a .403 on base percentage. His 115 RBI's also came on a very bad-hitting Senators team that was 76-76 on the year. Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ...


Through the 40's and most of the 50's, he was consistantly putting up very good numbers. He had his career high in home runs in 1954 with 20 (which was 8th in the league). He also had 97 RBI's, 14 triples, a career-high, and yet again he led the league in doubles with 33. He also had 294 total bases, which was 2nd in the league, behind Minnie Minoso. See also: 1953 in sports, 1955 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Argentina 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Froilán Gonz... 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, total bases is the number of bases a player has gained with hits, i. ... Minnie Miñoso [me-NYO-so] (b. ...


Over time, Vernon became one of the most well-liked ballplayers, mainly through his unique personality and charismatic, but quiet, style. By his last game on September 27, 1960, before being released by the Braves, he was the oldest player, at 42, by almost a year, and one of the most popular players in the game. September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 95 days remaining. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In a 20-season career, Vernon posted a quality .286 batting average with 172 home runs and 1311 RBI's in 2409 games. The left-hander averaged 88 RBI's a year, and had 11 seasons with 80 or more, 3 with 90 or more. He accumulated 1196 runs with 137 stolen bases and a .359 on base percentage. His career slugging percentage came out to .428, with a career high of .518 in 1953. He compiled 2495 hits, with 490 doubles and 120 triples, in 8731 at bats. He had 2741 career total bases, with his career high coming in 1953 (315). In baseball statistics, slugging percentage (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ...


In 1961, one year after retiring, he was given the job of managing the Senators. He did so from 1961 until the beginning of 1963. He had a career record of 135-227, a .373 winning percentage. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


He currently resides in Media, PA.


Fielding

Playing in four different decades (1939-60), Vernon has the Major League record for games played at first base. He led the American League in fielding percentage four times, and the Majors two times. 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, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ...


He became one of the few first basemen to finish his career with a .990 fielding percentage or above, at .990.


Highlights

  • 7-time All-Star (1946, 48, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58)
  • Top 10 in MVP voting 3 times (1946, 53, 54), coming the closest in 1953 finishing 3rd behind Al Rosen and Yogi Berra
  • 2-time batting champion (1946, 53)
  • Led the league in doubles three times (1946, 53, 54)
  • Top 10 in the league in triples 9 times (1941, 43, 46, 47, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55)
  • 2nd in the league in hits twice (1946, 53)
  • With 2495, is #81 on the all-time Hit leaderboard [1]

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. ... Albert Leonard Rosen (born February 29, 1924 in Spartanburg, South Carolina), nicknamed Flip, is an American former third baseman and right-handed slugger. ... Yogi Berra on his 80th birthday Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra (born May 12, 1925) is a former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career for the New York Yankees. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
DelcoTimes - Jack McCaffery: For Mickey Vernon, D.C. ball hits home (1105 words)
Vernon is the Middletown resident with his own statue in his hometown of Marcus Hook, the one in which he sports a W, for Washington Senators.
Vernon’s excellence aside, the Senators never were much good, which probably explained why they never coaxed a town overflowing with transient government workers to embrace the team the way, say, Brooklyn did the Dodgers.
Vernon still remembers Griffith Stadium, where the right-field fence may have kept him from his rightful spot in Cooperstown, and he still remembers RFK, which will be born again for baseball, generations later.
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