George Myatt
Second baseman/ Third baseman /Shortstop
Born: (1914-06-14)June 14, 1914
Denver, Colorado
Died: September 14, 2000(2000-09-14) (aged 86)
Orlando, Florida
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 16, 1938, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 19, 1947, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.283
Home runs4
Runs batted in99
Teams
As player
As manager
As coach

George Edward Myatt (June 14, 1914 – September 14, 2000) was an American Major and Minor League Baseball player, coach, and manager. An infielder and native of Denver, Colorado, Myatt came by three nicknames: Foghorn, for his loud voice; Mercury, for his speed on the bases; and Stud, a name he applied to almost every other player, coach and manager he encountered in baseball. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, and was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 165 pounds (75 kg).

Playing career

Myatt entered professional baseball in 1933. In 1936, Boston Red Sox general manager Eddie Collins traveled to San Diego to scout Myatt in a Pacific Coast League game, but came away more impressed with his 17-year-old teammate, a San Diegan and a recent Hoover High School graduate. So Collins passed on Myatt and acquired Ted Williams, who became perhaps the greatest modern hitter and was elected, as was Collins, to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Myatt, however, had a long career in the game himself. Primarily a second baseman, he played in the Major Leagues for the New York Giants (1938–39) and the Washington Senators (1943–47), compiling a .283 batting average with 381 hits in 407 games played. He stole 26 bases in 1944 (third in the American League) and 30 more (second in the AL) in 1945.

On May 1, 1944, Myatt went 6-for-6 for the Senators in a 11–4 victory against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Coach and acting manager

Myatt managed in the minor leagues before becoming a Major League coach for over 20 years with the Senators (1950–54), Chicago White Sox (1955–56), Chicago Cubs (1957–59), Milwaukee Braves (1960–61), Detroit Tigers (1962–63) and Philadelphia Phillies (1964–72). He twice served as interim manager of the Phils, in both 1968 (for one game) and 1969 (for the final third of the season). His career managerial record: 20 wins, 35 defeats (.364).

Myatt died at age 86 in Orlando, Florida.

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