Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Salute to the 15 Greatest U.S. Armed Forces Veteran MLB Players

Memorial Day Weekend Series- Part 4 of 16

No. 13 George Sisler

George Sisler played 15 seasons primarily for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Braves from 1915-1930. "Gorgeous George" also served in the U.S. Army during World War I prior to his baseball career.

The first baseman was not a slugger, but made his mark on the game with superb hitting and excellent speed. Sisler's .340 career batting average ranks him 16th all-time.

Twice in his career, Sisler exceeded the extremely rare .400 mark. In 1920, he set a major league record by collecting 257 hits (later broken by Ichiro Suzuki in the current extended season format) on his way to topping the league by hitting .407.

After batting "only" .371 the following season, Sisler topped himself with an astounding .420 average in 1922 to win a second batting title. He augmented that by amassing 134 runs, 246 hits, 42 doubles, and 18 triples— resulting in AL MVP honors.


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