Sisler, George

George Harold Sisler
Born: March 24, 1893, Manchester, Ohio
Died: March 26, 1973, Richmond Heights, Missouri
Played For: 
St. Louis Browns (1915-1922, 1924-1927), Washington Senators (1928), Boston Braves (1928-1930)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1939

A sharp batting eye and extraordinary fielding ability at first base led Ty Cobb to call George Sisler the nearest thing to a perfect ballplayer. The owner of an engineering degree, Sisler was one of baseball's most intelligent and graceful players, starring predominantly for the St. Louis Browns. He won two batting titles, hitting over .400 both times, and amassed an astounding total of 257 hits in 1920, a record that stood for 84 years until surpassed by Ichiro Suzuki in 2004. He had a 41-game hitting streak in 1922, hit .300 or better 13 times and had a sizzling .340 lifetime batting average.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that George Sisler began his big league career as a pitcher, and once, during his rookie season, defeated future Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson?
Any pitcher is hittable. Any pitch - slider, spitter, curve, change-up, fast ball or knuckleball - is hittable and good hitters know it.