George Sisler (1939)
In 1911, George Sisler signed a minor league contract and he played in the minors until he was signed in 1915 by the St. Louis Browns (modern day Baltimore Orioles). He pitched part of the time in 1915 but became a full-time first baseman the following season. As a pitcher in 1915, Sisler pitched 70.0 innings, with a 4-4 record, 41 strikeouts to 38 walks, and a 2.83 ERA. He batted in 81 games that season with a .285 batting average, 78 hits, 10 doubles, 29 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases.
Sisler suffered from vision problems in 1923 and he didn't play at all that season. The following season he was made player-manager of the Browns, a position he held through the 1926 season. He played one more season with the Browns before his contract was sold to the Washington Senators prior to the 1928 season. After just a month with the Senators, they sold his contract to the Boston Braves in May, 1928. Sisler retired as a major league player after the 1930 season.
Sisler won the American League batting title twice, first in 1920 and then again two years later. In 1922, he also won the American League MVP award, leading the league in hits and stolen bases that season. Sisler also led the league in hits in 1920 and in stolen bases in 1918, 1921, and 1927.
After ending his major league career, Sisler played in the minor leagues. Later, he became a scout and front-office aide to Branch Rickey, working with Rickey at various times with the Cardinals, the Dodgers, and the Pirates.
Statistics for Sisler in 15 seasons (1915-1922, 1924-1930) in the major leagues include:
- 13 seasons with over150 hits, with a high of 257 in 1920
- 7 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 49 in 1920
- 8 seasons with 10 or more triples, with a high of 18 in 1920, 1921, and 1922
- 4 seasons with over 100 RBIs, with a high of 122 in 1920
- 8 seasons with over 20 stolen bases, with a high of 51 in 1922
- 13 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .420 in 1922
Career statistics for Sisler include:
- 2,055 games played
- 2,812 hits
- 425 doubles
- 164 triples
- 1,175 RBIs
- 375 stolen bases
- .340 batting average