Boudreau, Lou

Louis Boudreau
Born: July 17, 1917, Harvey, Illinois
Died: August 10, 2001, Olympia Fields, Illinois
Played For: 
Cleveland Indians (1938-1950), Boston Red Sox (1951-1952)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1970

An outstanding defensive shortstop and adept hitter, Lou Boudreau combined his playing skills and intelligence to become an innovative manager, creating one of the most versatile careers in baseball. An eight-time All-Star selection, four-time .300 hitter and 1948 American League Most Valuable Player, Boudreau was an excellent player, also winning the AL batting title in 1944 as a player-manager. He devised the Ted Williams shift, based upon hitting charts kept by his team, and transformed Bob Lemon from infielder to star pitcher.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Lou Boudreau was a great college basketball player, leading the University of Illinois to the Big Ten title in 1937 and earning All-American honors in 1938?
Being a shortstop in high school and a Cleveland Indians fan, Lou Boudreau was my boyhood hero. I thought he and the 1948 Indians were the greatest!
Bill Mazeroski