Heinie Manush

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

Heinie Manush hit better than .300 in 11 full big league seasons and 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 edge Manush.

Manush made his only trip to the World Series with the Washington Senators in 1933, and Manush led the AL that year with 221 hits and 17 triples. He finished third in the AL MVP vote that season, repeating his finish from 1932. IN 1934, Manush played in the second ever All-Star Game. In his remaining five years in the major leagues, he would also play for the Red Sox, Dodgers and Pirates – hitting .333 with Brooklyn at age 36 in 1937.

Manush retired in 1939, ending his career with 2,524 hits, a .330 batting average and 160 triples.

Manush, who spent several seasons after retiring as a big league coach, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. He passed away on May 12, 1971.

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

Career stats

ESSENTIAL 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)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
2008
At BatsAB
7654
RunsR
1288
HitsH
2524
Doubles2B
491
Triples3B
160
Home RunsHR
110
RBIRBI
1183
Stolen BasesSB
113
WalksBB
506
Batting AverageBA
.330
OPSOPS
.856
On Base %OBP
.377
Slugging %SLG
.479