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Full Name: Gilbert James McDougald Primary Position: 2B,3B,SS
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/175 First Game: April 20, 1951
Birthdate: May 19, 1928 Final Game: October 2, 1960
Birthplace: San Francisco, California MLB Experience: 10 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Gil McDougald (Gilbert James McDougald) was born on May 19, 1928 in San Francisco, California. He made his Major League debut on April 20, 1951 for the New York Yankees. In 1951, his rookie year, he hit .306 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI. McDougald played for the New York Yankees for his entire 10 year career.

Most people believe that Gil McDougald's best season was 1953, when he hit for a .285 average and knocked in 83 runs.

He played his first major league game on April 20, 1951. On May 6 of that year, he tied a major league record by batting in 6 runs in one inning. Later in the year, in the World Series, he became the first rookie to hit a grand slam home run in the Series. He narrowly beat out Minnie Minoso in the voting for the 1951 American League Rookie of the Year. His entire major league career was spent on the New York Yankees, wearing uniform number 12. He was a versatile player, playing all the infield positions except first base: 599 games at second base, 508 games at third, and 284 at shortstop. He played in five All-Star Games: in 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959.

In 1956 World Series during Don Larsen's perfect game Jackie Robinson hit a line drive in the second inning that was deflected by Yankee third baseman Andy Carey which Gil McDougald fielded and threw out Jackie Robinson in a bang bang play at first

On May 7, 1957, McDougald, batting against Herb Score of the Cleveland Indians, hit a line drive that hit Score in the eye. It caused Score to miss the rest of the 1957 and much of the 1958 season, and Score was never again the outstanding pitcher he had been up to that event. McDougald reportedly vowed at the time of the incident to retire if Score was blinded.

In 1958, McDougald was given the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, which is awarded annually by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity (to which Gehrig belonged) at Columbia University.

In 1961 he was selected by the Washington Senators (now the Texas Rangers) in the expansion draft. Rather than play for that team, he retired. I believe that he was not taken in the expansion draft but retired when the Los Angeles Angels acquired him from the Yankees after the 1960 season. I remember Bill James commenting on how Gil's home run totals would have been far better playing 1961 in Wrigley Field in Los Angeles than they ever were at Yankee Stadium.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1951 NY A 131 402 72 123 14 63 .306 .396 .488 23 4 56 54 4 11 14 0 12
1952 NY A 152 555 65 146 11 78 .263 .336 .369 16 5 57 73 4 16 6 0 14
1953 NY A 141 541 82 154 10 83 .285 .361 .416 27 7 60 65 5 8 3 0 9
1954 NY A 126 394 66 102 12 48 .259 .364 .416 22 2 62 64 5 9 3 0 5
1955 NY A 141 533 79 152 13 53 .285 .361 .407 10 8 65 77 2 8 6 2 6
1956 NY A 120 438 79 136 13 56 .311 .405 .443 13 3 68 59 3 7 3 1 5
1957 NY A 141 539 87 156 13 62 .289 .362 .442 25 9 59 71 4 19 2 1 12
1958 NY A 138 503 69 126 14 65 .250 .329 .376 19 1 59 75 3 7 6 1 15
1959 NY A 127 434 44 109 4 34 .251 .309 .353 16 8 35 40 3 5 0 3 11
1960 NY A 119 337 54 87 8 34 .258 .337 .401 16 4 38 45 3 7 2 0 4
Total 1336 4676 697 1291 112 576 .276 .356 .410 187 51 559 623 36 97 45 8 93

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1951 NY A 3B 82 0 0 54 112 9 20 0 0 0 0 0 .949
1951 NY A 2B 55 0 0 120 137 5 26 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1952 NY A 3B 117 0 0 124 273 13 38 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1952 NY A 2B 38 0 0 109 99 5 31 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1953 NY A 2B 26 0 0 23 33 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1953 NY A 3B 136 0 0 147 299 22 36 0 0 0 0 0 .953
1954 NY A 2B 92 0 0 224 233 5 84 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1954 NY A 3B 35 0 0 16 53 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1955 NY A 2B 126 0 0 352 348 11 119 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1955 NY A 3B 17 0 0 15 34 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 .961
1956 NY A SS 92 0 0 177 273 14 77 0 0 0 0 0 .970
1956 NY A 2B 31 0 0 57 77 2 28 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1956 NY A 3B 5 0 0 5 13 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .947
1957 NY A SS 121 118 1051 247 391 16 104 1 0 0 0 0 .976
1957 NY A 2B 21 18 156.1 59 48 1 18 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1957 NY A 3B 7 4 43 7 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1958 NY A 2B 115 113 996.1 265 298 13 97 1 0 0 0 0 .977
1958 NY A SS 19 18 160 34 59 3 14 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1959 NY A SS 52 45 394.1 58 140 5 25 0 0 0 0 0 .975
1959 NY A 3B 25 23 201.2 13 59 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1959 NY A 2B 54 48 438.1 119 146 3 40 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1960 NY A 2B 42 22 227.2 57 99 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1960 NY A 3B 84 56 542 70 137 12 15 0 0 0 0 0 .945
Total SS 284 181 1605.1 516 863 38 220 1 0 0 0 0 .973
Total 2B 600 201 1818.2 1385 1518 47 468 1 0 0 0 0 .984
Total 3B 508 83 786.2 451 992 64 127 0 0 0 0 0 .958

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by New York Yankees (1948).

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