George Bell Stats

"OH SURE, GEORGE BELL CAN BE A crab. The Toronto slugger, who is the driving force behind his team's push to the top of the American League East, has, on occasion, been a bat-thrower, a pitcher-kicker, an umpire-baiter, a fan- taunter and, perhaps to his ultimate detriment, a media-dodger. But it may come as a surprise to those who would put him in the antisocial league with, say, J.D. Salinger or Sean Penn, that he also harbors an almost schoolboyish lust for awards and trophies. Bell himself admits he didn't really start to take baseball all that seriously until, as a youngster growing up in the Dominican Republic, he began accumulating scrolls and trinkets and statuettes for his play. ''I like to win trophies,'' he says with disarming candor. And it may well be true that his periodic bouts of misanthropy are the result not so much of any ingrained ill will as they are a simple reaction to rejection. Consider that, despite some superlative seasons, Bell hasn't even won his own team's Player of the Year award yet. And he hadn't made the All- Star team until a Toronto media blitz pushed him past the likes of Bo Jackson (the football player!) in the voting for this year's American League team. No, whatever you may think of him, George Bell just hasn't gotten his due as a great player." - Ron Fimrite (Sports Illustrated, 09/07/1987, 'TORONTO'S BIG BRASS BELL,' Source )
George Bell

George Bell Autograph on a 1985 Donruss Baseball Card (#146)
George Bell Autograph on a 1985 Donruss Baseball Card (#146)

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Birth Name:
George Antonio Bell
Nickname:
None
Born On:
10-21-1959  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Pedro de Macorís, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
04-09-1981 (Age 21)
Last Game:
10-02-1993
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent / Signing Bonus = $3,500
George Bell

George Bell Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
George Bell

George Bell Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1981 22 Blue Jays 60 163 19 38 2 1 5 0 12 5 1 27 0 0 0 1 .233 .256 .350
1983 24 Blue Jays 39 112 5 30 5 4 2 0 17 4 1 17 0 0 2 4 .268 .305 .438
1984 25 Blue Jays 159 606 85 177 39 4 26 0 87 24 2 86 0 3 8 14 .292 .326 .498
1985 26 Blue Jays 157 607 87 167 28 6 28 2 95 43 6 90 0 8 8 8 .275 .327 .479
1986 27 Blue Jays 159 641 101 198 38 6 31 1 108 41 3 62 0 6 2 15 .309 .349 .532
1987 28 Blue Jays 156 610 111 188 32 4 47 2 134 39 9 75 0 9 7 17 .308 .352 .605
1988 29 Blue Jays 156 614 78 165 27 5 24 1 97 34 5 66 0 8 1 21 .269 .304 .446
1989 30 Blue Jays 153 613 88 182 41 2 18 0 104 33 3 60 0 14 4 18 .297 .330 .458
1990 31 Blue Jays 142 562 67 149 25 0 21 1 86 32 7 80 0 11 3 14 .265 .303 .422
1991 32 Cubs 149 558 63 159 27 0 25 0 86 32 6 62 0 9 4 10 .285 .323 .468
1992 33 White Sox 155 627 74 160 27 0 25 2 112 31 8 97 0 6 6 29 .255 .294 .418
1993 34 White Sox 102 410 36 89 17 2 13 1 64 13 2 49 0 9 4 14 .217 .243 .363
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
12 Years 1,587 6,123 814 1,702 308 34 265 10 1,002 331 53 771 0 83 49 165 .278 .316 .469
George Bell

George Bell Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1981 Blue Jays LF 28 23 600 65 2.3 63 62 1 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .969 2.84
1981 Blue Jays RF 18 14 381 34 1.9 34 31 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.41
1983 Blue Jays LF 28 26 609 55 2.0 52 51 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .945 2.31
1983 Blue Jays RF 6 6 126 10 1.7 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.14
1984 Blue Jays 3B 3 0 18 2 0.7 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1984 Blue Jays LF 66 63 1,669 134 2.0 130 124 6 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.10
1984 Blue Jays RF 90 81 2,153 176 2.0 171 168 3 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.14
1985 Blue Jays 3B 2 0 9 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1985 Blue Jays LF 157 157 4,125 342 2.2 331 318 13 11 3 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.17
1986 Blue Jays 3B 2 0 15 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1986 Blue Jays LF 147 147 3,892 295 2.0 285 268 17 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.98
1987 Blue Jays 2B 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1987 Blue Jays 3B 1 0 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1987 Blue Jays LF 148 146 3,801 275 1.9 264 249 15 11 2 n/a n/a n/a .960 1.88
1988 Blue Jays LF 149 147 3,813 274 1.8 259 251 8 15 1 n/a n/a n/a .945 1.83
1989 Blue Jays LF 134 134 3,566 271 2.0 261 257 4 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .963 1.98
1990 Blue Jays LF 106 106 2,766 232 2.2 227 224 3 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.22
1991 Cubs LF 146 145 3,574 265 1.8 255 249 6 10 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.93
1992 White Sox LF 15 15 372 28 1.9 27 27 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.96
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
LF Totals 1,124 1,109 28,787 2,236 2.0 2,154 2,080 74 82 10 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.02
RF Totals 114 101 2,660 220 1.9 215 209 6 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.18
3B Totals 8 0 54 4 0.5 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
2B Totals 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
11 Years 1,247 1,210 31,507 2,461 2.0 2,374 2,291 83 87 12 n/a n/a n/a .965 2.03
George Bell

George Bell Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1981 Blue Jays 3 2 .600 6 8 8 32.6 6.0 13.6 - - -
1983 Blue Jays 1 1 .500 3 1 2 56.0 6.6 6.6 - - -
1984 Blue Jays 11 2 .846 8 0 7 23.3 7.0 7.0 - - -
1985 Blue Jays 21 6 .778 0 0 0 21.7 6.7 6.4 - - -
1986 Blue Jays 7 8 .467 1 0 11 20.7 10.3 5.9 - - -
1987 Blue Jays 5 1 .833 2 0 7 13.0 8.1 4.6 - - -
1988 Blue Jays 4 2 .667 2 0 7 25.6 9.3 6.3 - - -
1989 Blue Jays 4 3 .571 0 0 19 34.1 10.2 5.9 - - -
1990 Blue Jays 3 2 .600 0 0 36 26.8 7.0 6.5 - - -
1991 Cubs 2 6 .250 4 0 n/a 22.3 9.0 6.5 - - -
1992 White Sox 5 2 .714 0 0 140 25.1 6.5 5.6 - - -
1993 White Sox 1 1 .500 0 0 102 31.5 8.4 6.4 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
12 Years 67 36 .650 26 9 339 23.1 7.9 6.1 - - -
George Bell

George Bell Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1981 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $32,500.00 - -
1983 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $35,000.00 - -
1984 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $52,000.00 - -
1985 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $335,000.00 - -
1986 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $725,000.00 - -
1987 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $1,175,000.00 Stats -
1988 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $1,900,000.00 - -
1989 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $1,900,000.00 - -
1990 Toronto Blue Jays 11 $2,000,000.00 Stats -
1991 Chicago Cubs 11 $2,150,000.00 Stats -
1992 Chicago White Sox 21 $3,650,000.00 - -
1993 Chicago White Sox 21 $3,650,000.00 - -


Did you know that George Bell was the first player in Major League history to hit three home runs in an Opening Day game? On April 4, 1988 , former Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen (1985 / the first Kansas City Royals pitcher to win) was selected to start the game and Bell went deep off him all three times, making Saberhagen the first pitcher to give-up three home runs in an Opening Day game to the same hitter.
George Bell Three Home Runs on Opening Day
George Bell | 3-Home Runs on Opening Day | The Sun (April 5, 1988, Page 20)

Did you know that George Bell still holds the record for most home runs in an Opening Day game ? On April 4, 1994 , Karl Rhodes tied Bell's mark and set the National League record for home runs in an Opening Day game and on April 4, 2005 , Dmitri Young tied the American League mark.

Did you know that George Bell was once called, "the most intimidating hitter in the league" by Angels manager Gene Mauch ? A superb Sports Illustrated article ( link ) had that quote, several additional facts about Bell, and the quotes below:

"I respect Bell for his ability as a player, but, like the fans, I question his antics." - Jack Morris

"People are always asking me about George. Even umpires. Just the other day, Reggie ( Jackson ) was asking me what kind of a guy he is. Well, I know he looks like a mean person. But he's not. He's a nice person, a wonderful guy. He has come so far from the days when he was known as just a prospect. He knows what it takes to become more than a prospect. He knows what it is to work hard." - Alfredo Griffin

"He helps instill confidence in us all, both in word and deed. He's such a competitor that when things don't go his way, he will show it. What's so bad about that? He may get ticked off from time to time, but he's a delightful guy to be around. We on this team understand him. We just say, 'That's George.'" - Jesse Barfield

"George takes baseball so seriously that he leaves the smiles in the clubhouse. He's not looking for popularity. He gets booed in a lot of ballparks, but that's just a sign of respect." - Lloyd Moseby

Did you know that George Bell is enshrined in the Toronto Blue Jays Level of Excellence alongside Roberto Alomar , Paul Beeston, Joe Carter , Tom Cheek, Carlos Delgado , Tony Fernandez , Cito Gaston , Pat Gillick and Dave Stieb ?

On May 28, 1989 , during the final Major League game played at Exhibition Stadium, George Bell hit a walk-off home run in the tenth inning off Bobby Thigpen (Blue Jays 7 vs White Sox 5) - the last home run ever hit in Exhibition Stadium.

George Bell Media Guide
George Bell | 1988 Toronto Blue Jays Media Guide | Baseball Almanac Collection
In 1987 , George Bell became the first Toronto Blue Jays ' player to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award , a feat not matched for twenty-eight years! Do you know what Blue Jay won it next? Clue: He is a Bringer of Rain . [ Answer ]

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