Heinie Manush

Henry Emmett Manush
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1964
Primary team: Washington Senators
Primary position: Left Fielder

Heinie Manush was a hitting machine who consistently ranked among the game’s top batters throughout the 1920s and ’30s.

Manush’s record included a batting title and four 200-hit seasons in his 17-year career. The left fielder played with six teams after breaking into the majors in 1923 with the Ty Cobb-led Detroit Tigers.

Manush hit .334 in his rookie year, though would struggle to get playing time in a crowded outfield until his breakout year of 1926. He won the batting title that year, hitting .378 with a career-high 14 home runs. To win the batting title, Manush went 6-for-9 in a doubleheader on the last day of the season to pass Babe Ruth and teammates Harry Heilmann and Bob Fothergill. It would be the only batting title Manush would win, but the left-hander finished second in 1928 and 1933 and third in 1929 and 1934. The 1928 batting race also featured late-season drama, with Goose Goslin singling in his final at bat of the year to beat Manush.

Manush made his only trip to the World Series with the Washington Senators in 1933. But he, like the team, had a disappointing result. The New York Giants beat Washington in five games and Manush went just 2-for-18 at the plate after leading the American League with 221 hits in the regular season.

The next season, Manush played in the second ever All-Star Game, the only time he made the game in his career. After his All-Star season, Manush’s career began to decline. In his remaining five years in the major leagues, he would hit above .300 only once, in 1937 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Manush retired in 1939 at the age of 37 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, ending his career with 2,524 hits, a .330 batting average and 160 triples. He spent six years as a minor league manager after retiring.

Manush’s brother Frank also reached the Major Leagues, playing for the Philadelphia Athletics when Henie was just seven years old. Manush was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

"Heinie looks like a ballplayer and insofar as the attack is concerned, his looks are supported by an inspiring record. "
Charles Parker

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Career stats

Year Inducted: 1964
Primary Team: Washington Senators
Position Played: Left Fielder
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Birth place: Tuscumbia, Alabama
Birth year: 1901
Died: 1971, Sarasota, Florida
Played for:
Detroit Tigers (1923-1927)
St. Louis Browns (1928-1930)
Washington Senators (1930-1935)
Boston Red Sox (1936)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1937-1938)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1938-1939)
At BatsAB
Home RunsHR
Stolen BasesSB
Batting AverageBA
On Base %OBP
Slugging %SLG