Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Birthday, Tris

Speaker in Cleveland
Born today 1888 in Hubbard, Texas, the Gray Eagle, aka Spoke: Tris Speaker. Probably the greatest center fielder ever, he compiled a career batting average of .345 (fourth all-time), and still holds the record of 792 career doubles. Defensively, his career records for assists, double plays, and unassisted double plays by an outfielder still stand as well. His fielding glove was known as the place "where triples go to die."

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