Heinie Manush

Left Fielder

Class of 1964

Heinie Manush

Left Fielder

Class of 1964
Heinie Manush was a hitting machine who consistently ranked among the game’s top batters throughout the 1920s and ’30s.

Games

Birth year

About Heinie Manush

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.

The Basics

Year inducted
1964
Birth Place
Tuscumbia, Alabama
Birth Year
1901
Died
1971, Sarasota Florida

Career at a Glance

Primary Team
Washington Senators
Primary Position
Left Fielder
Bats
Left
Throws
Left
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 MLB Stats

Games
2,008
At bats
7,654
Runs
1,288
Hits
2,524
Doubles
491
Triples
160
Home Runs
110
RBI
1,183
Stolen Bases
113
Walks
506
Batting Average
.330
Ops
.856
On Base %
.377
Slugging %
.479

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