Buddy Myer

Charles Solomon "Buddy" Myer (March 16, 1904 – October 31, 1974) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball from 1925 to 1941.

An excellent hitter, he batted .300 or better nine times, and retired with a career average of .303. Myer walked more than twice as many times as he struck out. Apart from a brief period with the Boston Red Sox in 1927–28, he spent his entire career with the Washington Senators.

Buddy Myer
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Second baseman
Born: March 16, 1904
Ellisville, Mississippi
Died: October 31, 1974 (aged 70)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 26, 1925, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1941, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.303
Hits2,131
Home runs38
Runs batted in848
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Myer was born in Ellisville, Mississippi, the son of Maud (née Stevens) and Charles Solomon Myer, a merchant and cotton buyer.[1] He was of German and English descent.[2] His father's family was of Jewish descent but had converted in an earlier generation.[3] During his lifetime, Myer was incorrectly reported to be Jewish.[4]

Career

Myer decided to go to college at Mississippi A&M (now Mississippi State University). In 1923, he attracted many baseball scouts to watch him play. That same year, the Washington Senators offered him a contract. Buddy accepted the contract with the one condition, that he finish his college education. Myer graduated from Mississippi A&M in 1925.

He was discovered by baseball promoter, Joe Engel, who managed the Chattanooga Lookouts at Engel Stadium.

He broke in with the Senators in 1925 at the age of 21. In 1926 he batted .304. In May 1927 he was traded by the Senators to the Red Sox for Topper Rigney.

In 1928 he stole a career-high 30 bases for the Red Sox, leading the league, while batting .313, and was 5th in the league with 26 sacrifice hits. He came in 9th in AL MVP voting.

After the season, the Senators got him back, but had to give up five ballplayers in trade. In December 1928 the Red Sox traded him to the Senators for Milt Gaston, Hod Lisenbee, Bobby Reeves, Grant Gillis, and Elliot Bigelow.

In 1929 he batted .300, and the following year he batted .303 with an 8th-best 114 runs scored. In 1932 he had a career-high 16 triples (2nd), and scored a career-high 120 runs (6th). In 1933 he batted .302, and in 1934 he batted .305 with 102 walks (4th in the league) and a .419 on-base percentage (6th).

In 1935 he won the American League batting title with a .349 mark. He had 215 hits (2nd in the league), a .440 on-base percentage and 96 walks (4th), played in 151 games (5th), scored 115 runs (7th), and had 100 RBIs. He was voted to the All Star team, and came in 4th in MVP voting that year.

In 1933, Myer was involved in what many still consider to be baseball's most violent brawl, between him and the Yankees' Ben Chapman. It is alleged that Chapman – who later gained great infamy for his taunting of Jackie Robinson in 1947, while Chapman was the manager of the Phillies – not only spiked Myer, but hurled a number of anti-semitic epithets at him. Chapman and Myer's fight spread to the dugouts and the stands. Long suspensions for all involved followed.

In 1937 he was selected for the All-Star Game, and ended the year with a .407 obp (9th in the league).

In 1938 he batted .336 (4th in the league), and was 2nd (to Jimmy Foxx) with a .454 obp, and 7th in walks (93). In 1939 he batted .302.

He died at age 70 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In a 1976 Esquire magazine article, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter", consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Myer was the shortstop on Stein's Jewish team.[5] Baseball historian Bill James reported that Myer "told a home-town newspaperman shortly before his death in 1974 that he was not Jewish, he was German", and that he "never set the record straight".[4] Despite this late-life denial, the truth appears to be that while Myer's father of the same name, Charles Solomon Myer, was of Jewish origin, his mother Maud was not. Thus, Myer was ethnically only half-Jewish, and was not raised in the faith.[6]

Career statistics

Games PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB HBP AVG OBP SLG FLD%
1923 8189 7038 1174 2131 353 130 38 848 157 965 33 .303 .389 .406 .968

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/ce6e3ebb
  3. ^ https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/ce6e3ebb#sdendnote3anc
  4. ^ a b James, Bill (2001). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York: Free Press. p. 499. ISBN 0-684-80697-5.
  5. ^ "Career Batting Leaders through 2010". Career Leaders. Jewish Major Leaguers. Archived from the original on August 6, 2003. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  6. ^ Burton A. Boxerman; Benita W. Boxerman. Jews and Baseball. 1, Entering the American Mainstream, 1871–1948. Retrieved 20 June 2014 – via Google Books.

External links

1904 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1904 throughout the world.

1925 Washington Senators season

The 1925 Washington Senators won 96 games, lost 55, and finished in first place in the American League. Fueled by the excitement of winning their second AL pennant, the Senators led 3 games to 1 in the World Series before succumbing to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1927 Boston Red Sox season

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1928 Boston Red Sox season

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1928 Major League Baseball season

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1934 Washington Senators season

The 1934 Washington Senators played 154 games, won 68, lost 86, and finished in seventh place in the American League. They were managed by Joe Cronin and played home games at Griffith Stadium. In the eighth inning of their game against the Boston Red Sox on June 9, the Washington Senators hit 5 consecutive doubles – the most ever hit consecutively during the same inning.

1935 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1935 Major League Baseball season

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1938 Washington Senators season

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Bob Myrick

Robert Howard Myrick (October 1, 1952 – August 23, 2012) was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. He was the great-nephew of longtime Washington Senators second baseman Buddy Myer.

Bobby Reeves (baseball)

Robert "Bobby" Edwin Reeves (June 24, 1904 – June 4, 1993) was an infielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1926 through 1931 for the Washington Senators (1926–28) and Boston Red Sox (1929–31). Listed at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 170 lb., Reeves batted and threw right-handed. A native of Hill City, Tennessee, he was signed by Washington out of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

A versatile utility man, Reeves was able to play all positions except catcher. He made 479 appearances at third base (229), shortstop, second base (67), first base (1), right field (1), and also served as an emergency pitcher (1).

Reeves posted career-numbers with a .303 batting average and 46 RBI for the 1928 Washington Senators, before being dealt in a five-for-one trade to the Boston Red Sox along with Elliot Bigelow, Milt Gaston, Grant Gillis, and Hod Lisenbee in exchange for Buddy Myer. In 1929, he posted a career-high 140 games with Boston, including 131 appearances as the team's regular third base.

In a six-season career, Reeves was a .252 hitter (402-for-1598) with eight home runs and 135 RBI in 502 games, including 203 runs, 55 doubles, eight triples, 21 stolen bases, and a .331 on-base percentage.

Reeves died in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 20 days short of his 89th birthday.

Elliot Bigelow

Elliott Allardice Bigelow (October 13, 1897 – August 13, 1933) was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox. Bigelow batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Bigelow was obtained by the Boston Red Sox from the Washington Senators in the same trade that brought Buddy Myer to Washington. He debuted on April 18, 1929 and played his final game on October 6, 1929.

In his only major league season, Bigelow posted a .284 batting average (60-for-211) with one home run, 16 doubles, 23 runs, and 26 RBI in 100 games played.

Ellisville, Mississippi

Ellisville is a city in and the first county seat of Jones County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 4,448 at the time of the 2010 census, up from 3,465 at the 2000 census. The Jones County Courthouse is located here, as is much of the county government.

The state legislature authorized a second county seat at Laurel, to the northeast, which developed as the center of lumber and textile mills, with a much larger population. Ellisville is part of the Laurel micropolitan statistical area.

History of the Washington Senators (1901–1960)

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Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

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Phil Weintraub

Philip Weintraub (October 12, 1907 – June 21, 1987) was an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder.Weintraub played for 13 minor league teams, for whom he had an aggregate batting average of .337, as well as for the New York Giants, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball. He was primarily a reserve outfielder in the majors, though he was platooned at first base in the last few years of his career. He posted a .295 career batting average in the major leagues, and a .398 on-base percentage. In one game in 1944, Weintraub had 11 RBIs, one fewer than the major league record, and he still has as of 2019, the third-most runs batted in (RBIs) in a single game (11, behind Jim Bottomley and Mark Whiten) in Major League history.

Author Joe Cox, writing in The Immaculate Inning: Unassisted Triple Plays, 40/40 Seasons, and the Stories Behind Baseball's Rarest Feats (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), observed: "The biggest mystery of Weintraub is why a hitter with a career .295 batting average and capable power (.440 slugging percentage) could never get more than 361 at bats in a big league season -- or top 1,382 career at bats... One biographer cites anti-semitic theories of the time ...."Through 2008, Weintraub had the fourth-best career batting average of all Jewish major league baseball players, being surpassed only by Hank Greenberg, Buddy Myer, and Lou Boudreau. Blessed with an excellent eye and bat control, he walked 232 times in his career, while striking out only 182 times, for a 1.27 BB/K ratio.

Putout

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by one of the following methods:

Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout)

Catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a force out)

Catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play

Catching a third strike (a strikeout)

Catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout)

Being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference

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