George Stone
Left fielder
Born: (1876-09-03)September 3, 1876
Lost Nation, Iowa
Died: January 3, 1945(1945-01-03) (aged 68)
Clinton, Iowa
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 20, 1903, for the Boston Americans
Last MLB appearance
October 9, 1910, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Batting average.301
Home runs23
Runs batted in268
Teams
Career highlights and awards

George Robert Stone, nicknamed Silent George,[1] (September 3, 1876 – January 3, 1945) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox (1903) and St. Louis Browns (1905–10). Stone batted and threw left-handed. He was the 1906 American League batting champion.

Early life

Stone was born in Lost Nation, Iowa,[2] to George and Hannah Stone and was Jewish.[3][4][5][6][1][7][8] Prior to playing baseball, he had a career in banking in Nebraska.[9][2] A 1906 article on him noted that his taste ran to reading, and his hobby was violin playing.[2]

Baseball career

Newspaper photo from 1912
Newspaper photo from 1912

He left his career in banking in 1901 at the age of 24 to join the Omaha Omahogs of the Western League.[9] In 1902 he played for the Omahogs and the Peoria Distillers and led the league with 198 hits, and the next year he again played for the Omahogs.[10][2]

He made his major league debut in 1903 at the age of 26 with the Boston Americans.[11] He played most of 1903 for the Milwaukee Creams of the Western League.[10] In 1903 with the Creams he was third in the Western League in home runs (4).[12][13]

In 1904 with the Milwaukee Brewers he led the American Association in batting with a .406 batting average (which remained the league record until the league closed down in 1997), in slugging with a .558 average, and in hits (254), as he was second in the league in triples (19).[12][2]

In December 1904 he was traded by the Boston Americans to the St. Louis Browns for Jesse Burkett and cash.[11] In 1905 he led the American League in hits (187) and total bases (259), and was second in home runs (7).[11][2]

In 1906, he batted .358 and won the American League batting championship (beating four-time batting champion Napoleon Lajoie), and also led the league in slugging (.501) and in on-base percentage (.417), as he was second in the league in hits (208; behind Lajoie) and triples (20; behind Elmer Flick), and third in home runs (6).[4] In 1907 he batted .320.[4][1][11][2]

In 1907 he was second in the AL in on-base percentage (.387) and hits (191; behind Ty Cobb), and third in the league in batting after hitting .320 (behind Cobb and Sam Crawford).[11] In 1908, he was third in the American League in home runs (5).[11] He played his last game in 1910.[11]

In a seven-season major league career, Stone posted a .301 batting average (984-for-3271) with 23 home runs and 268 RBIs in 848 games played.[11]

He is the only player who won the American League batting title in the years from 1901 through 1928, who was not made a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.[2]

Stone entered the banking industry in Coleridge, Nebraska, and owned a Western League team in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1916.[2] In 1940, he and his wife Pearl moved to Clinton, Iowa.[2] Stone died of a heart attack in Clinton at the age of 68. The burial was at Coleridge Cemetery, in Coleridge, Nebraska.[14][2]

In 1970 he was inducted into The Des Moines Registers Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "George Stone," Society for American Baseball Research website
  3. ^ Rita James Simon (1997). In the Golden Land: A Century of Russian and Soviet Jewish Immigration in ... ISBN 9780275957315. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  4. ^ a b c Peter S. Horvitz (April 2007). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports ... ISBN 9781561719075. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  5. ^ Benjamin Blech (1999). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture. ISBN 9780786542796. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  6. ^ Rita James Simon (1997). In the Golden Land: A Century of Russian and Soviet Jewish Immigration in ... ISBN 9780275957315. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  7. ^ Hall, Alvin L. (1991-01-01). Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and the American Culture. ISBN 9780887367359. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  8. ^ "The Greatest Jewish Baseball Players of All Time, by Position". Tablet Magazine. 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  9. ^ a b Bill James (11 May 2010). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. ISBN 9781439106938. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  10. ^ a b "George Stone Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "George Stone Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  12. ^ a b "1904 American Association Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  13. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=stone-003geo
  14. ^ "George Stone". BASEBALL-Reference. Retrieved January 23, 2011.