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Full Name: Tristram E. Speaker Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 5' 11.5"/193 First Game: September 12, 1907
Birthdate: April 4, 1888 Final Game: August 30, 1928
Birthplace: Hubbard, Texas MLB Experience: 22 years
Died: December 8, 1958
Deathplace: Lake Whitney, Texas
Bat/Throw: Left/Left
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937


Biography

Tris Speaker (Tristram E. Speaker) was born on April 4, 1888 in Hubbard, Texas. He made his Major League debut on September 12, 1907 for the Boston Americans. In 1909, his rookie year, he hit .309 with 7 home runs and 77 RBI. Speaker played for the Boston Americans, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics over the course of his 22 year career.

There is some disagreement on what was Tris Speaker's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1923, when he slugged 17 home runs, hit for a .380 average and knocked in 130 runs. However, others believe that it was 1912, when he stole 52 bases, hit for a .383 average and knocked in 90 runs.

Career Highlights

  • 3 Time World Series Champion:

-1912 (Boston Red Sox) -1915 (Boston Red Sox) -1920 (Cleveland Indians)

  • Most career doubles (792)
  • Fifth highest lifetime major-league batting average (.345)
  • Fifth in career hits (3514)
  • Sixth in career triples (222)
  • Eighth in career runs (1882)
  • Led American League in batting 1 time
  • Led American League in slugging percentage 1 time
  • Led American League in on base percentage 4 times
  • Led American League in hits 1 time
  • Led American League in total bases 1 time
  • Led American League in doubles 8 times
  • Led American League in home runs 1 time
  • Led American League outfielders in putouts 7 times
  • Led American League outfielders in double plays 6 times
  • Led American League outfielders in assists 3 times
  • Led American League outfielders in fielding average 2 times
  • Batted over .380 five times
  • Struck out only 220 times in 10,195 at-bats

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1907 BOS A 7 19 0 3 0 1 .158 .200 .158 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1908 BOS A 31 116 12 26 0 9 .224 .262 .276 2 2 4 0 2 3 3 0 0
1909 BOS A 143 544 73 168 7 77 .309 .362 .443 26 13 38 0 7 17 35 0 0
1910 BOS A 141 538 92 183 7 65 .340 .404 .468 20 14 52 0 6 12 35 0 0
1911 BOS A 141 500 88 167 8 70 .334 .418 .502 34 13 59 0 13 17 25 0 0
1912 BOS A 153 580 136 222 10 90 .383 .464 .567 53 12 82 0 6 7 52 0 0
1913 BOS A 141 520 94 189 3 71 .363 .441 .533 35 22 65 22 7 16 46 0 0
1914 BOS A 158 571 101 193 4 90 .338 .423 .503 46 18 77 25 7 13 42 0 0
1915 BOS A 150 547 108 176 0 69 .322 .416 .411 25 12 81 14 7 17 29 0 0
1916 CLE A 151 546 102 211 2 79 .386 .470 .502 41 8 82 20 4 15 35 0 0
1917 CLE A 142 523 90 184 2 60 .352 .432 .486 42 11 67 14 7 15 30 0 0
1918 CLE A 127 471 73 150 0 61 .318 .403 .435 33 11 64 9 3 11 27 0 0
1919 CLE A 134 494 83 146 2 63 .296 .395 .433 38 12 73 12 8 20 15 0 0
1920 CLE A 150 552 137 214 8 107 .388 .483 .562 50 11 97 13 5 20 10 0 0
1921 CLE A 132 506 107 183 3 75 .362 .439 .538 52 14 68 12 2 12 2 0 0
1922 CLE A 131 426 85 161 11 71 .378 .474 .606 48 8 77 11 1 12 8 0 0
1923 CLE A 150 574 133 218 17 130 .380 .469 .610 59 11 93 15 4 22 10 0 0
1924 CLE A 135 486 94 167 9 65 .344 .432 .510 36 9 72 13 4 13 5 0 0
1925 CLE A 117 429 79 167 12 87 .389 .479 .578 35 5 70 12 4 15 5 0 0
1926 CLE A 150 539 96 164 7 86 .304 .408 .469 52 8 94 15 0 28 6 0 0
1927 WAS A 141 523 71 171 2 73 .327 .395 .444 43 6 55 8 4 15 9 0 0
1928 PHI A 64 191 28 51 3 30 .267 .310 .450 22 2 10 5 2 9 5 0 0
Total 2789 10195 1882 3514 117 1529 .345 .428 .500 792 222 1381 220 103 309 434 0 0

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1907 BOS A OF 4 0 0 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1908 BOS A OF 31 0 0 58 9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1909 BOS A OF 142 0 0 319 35 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1910 BOS A OF 140 0 0 337 20 16 7 0 0 0 0 0 .957
1911 BOS A OF 138 0 0 297 26 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 .956
1912 BOS A OF 153 0 0 372 35 18 9 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1913 BOS A OF 139 0 0 374 30 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 .942
1914 BOS A P 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1914 BOS A OF 156 0 0 423 29 15 12 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1914 BOS A 1B 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1915 BOS A OF 150 0 0 378 21 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1916 CLE A OF 151 0 0 359 25 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 .975
1917 CLE A OF 142 0 0 365 23 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1918 CLE A OF 127 0 0 352 15 10 6 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1919 CLE A OF 134 0 0 375 25 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1920 CLE A OF 148 0 0 363 24 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1921 CLE A OF 128 0 0 345 15 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1922 CLE A OF 109 0 0 281 13 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1923 CLE A OF 150 0 0 369 26 13 7 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1924 CLE A OF 128 0 0 323 20 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 .963
1925 CLE A OF 109 0 0 311 16 11 9 0 0 0 0 0 .967
1926 CLE A OF 149 0 0 394 20 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1927 WAS A OF 120 0 0 278 12 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 .967
1927 WAS A 1B 17 0 0 145 12 2 18 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1928 PHI A OF 50 0 0 111 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .975
Total P 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 1B 18 0 0 147 12 2 19 0 0 0 0 0 .988
Total OF 2698 0 0 6788 449 222 139 0 0 0 0 0 .970

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1914 BOS A 1 0 0 0 9.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0

Transactions

  • Traded by Boston Red Sox to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Sad Sam Jones, Fred Thomas and $55000 (April 12, 1916).
  • Released by Cleveland Indians (January 31, 1927).
  • Signed by Washington Senators (January 31, 1927).
  • Released by Washington Senators (February 1, 1928).
  • Signed by Philadelphia Athletics (February 5, 1928).

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