Speaker, Tris

Tristram E Speaker
Born: April 4, 1888, Hubbard, Texas
Died: December 8, 1958, Lake Whitney, Texas
Played For: 
Boston Red Sox (1907-1915), Cleveland Indians (1916-1926), Washington Senators (1927), Philadelphia A's (1928)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1937

Despite spending most of his career in Ty Cobb's considerable shadow, Tris Speaker's .345 lifetime batting average and revolutionary defensive play made him one of Cobb's few rivals as the greatest player of the 1910s. Speaker's specialty was hitting doubles -- he led the league eight times and still holds the career mark with 793. His shallow play in center field enabled him to record 450 assists, placing him comfortably atop the all-time list. One of baseball's most successful player-managers, he guided Cleveland to a world championship in 1920.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Tris Speaker is the only Major League player to have three batting streaks of 20 or more games in a single season (1912)?
Luck is the great stabilizer in baseball.