George Selkirk Stats

George Selkirk was born on Saturday, January 4, 1908, in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. Selkirk was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 12, 1934, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive George Selkirk baseball stats page.

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"As I was going out to my position in the late part of the second game (on August 12, 1934 ), ( Babe ) Ruth left the game. The crowd was clapping and cheering for the Babe . I just stood there and then I realized that I had taken off my cap and I was clapping my hands, just like those people in the stands. It was something that came from the heart. I felt a little ashamed of myself, thinking that I was just a busher, and then I looked around and there were the rest of the Yankee players and they were doing the same thing." - George Selkirk in Yankees Magazine (Leo Trachtenberg. "Who Replaced Babe Ruth in Right Field for the Yankees?" October 13, 1983. Page 19.)

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George "Twinkletoes" Selkirk Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats (#7)

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Birth Name:
George Alexander Selkirk
Nickname:
Twinkletoes
Born On:
01-04-1908  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-19-1987 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cemetery:
Siloam United Methodist Church Cemetery, Harrisville, Pennsylvania
High School:
Rochester Technical School (Rochester, NY)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
182
First Game:
08-12-1934 (Age 26)
Last Game:
09-27-1942
Draft:
Not Applicable

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George Selkirk Pitching Stats

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George Selkirk Hitting Stats

1934 26 Yankees 46 176 23 55 7 1 5 0 38 15 0 17 0 0 1 2 .313 .370 .449
1935 27 Yankees 128 491 64 153 29 12 11 1 94 44 3 36 3 0 3 5 .312 .372 .487
1936 28 Yankees 137 493 93 152 28 9 18 0 107 94 3 60 4 0 1 8 .308 .420 .511
1937 29 Yankees 78 256 49 84 13 5 18 0 68 34 1 24 1 0 2 5 .328 .411 .629
1938 30 Yankees 99 335 58 85 12 5 10 1 62 68 2 52 1 0 3 7 .254 .384 .409
1939 31 Yankees 128 418 103 128 17 4 21 0 101 103 3 49 8 0 8 3 .306 .452 .517
1940 32 Yankees 118 379 68 102 17 5 19 1 71 84 1 43 4 0 3 3 .269 .406 .491
1941 33 Yankees 70 164 30 36 5 0 6 1 25 28 2 30 1 0 2 3 .220 .340 .360
1942 34 Yankees 42 78 15 15 3 0 0 0 10 16 0 8 1 0 0 1 .192 .330 .231
9 Years 846 2,790 503 810 131 41 108 4 576 486 15 319 23 0 23 37 .290 .400 .483

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George Selkirk Fielding Stats

1934 Yankees LF 43 37 978 79 1.8 78 75 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.15
1934 Yankees RF 7 7 78 15 2.1 15 15 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.19
1935 Yankees RF 127 124 351 285 2.2 278 269 9 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 21.38
1936 Yankees LF 22 21 558 59 2.7 58 55 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.81
1936 Yankees RF 114 109 2,946 249 2.2 242 235 7 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.22
1937 Yankees RF 69 69 1,785 151 2.2 149 140 9 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.25
1938 Yankees LF 94 93 2,328 188 2.0 183 176 7 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.12
1938 Yankees RF 1 1 27 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1939 Yankees LF 88 88 2,262 195 2.2 193 192 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.30
1939 Yankees RF 37 34 909 67 1.8 66 63 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .985 1.96
1940 Yankees CF 2 1 27 5 2.5 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.00
1940 Yankees LF 79 78 2,082 178 2.3 170 164 6 8 4 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.20
1940 Yankees RF 31 28 660 54 1.7 53 51 2 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.17
1941 Yankees LF 19 16 417 38 2.0 36 35 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.33
1941 Yankees RF 28 23 609 53 1.9 52 49 3 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.31
1942 Yankees RF 19 17 423 36 1.9 36 36 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.30
RF Totals 433 412 7,788 911 2.1 891 858 33 20 10 n/a n/a n/a .978 3.09
LF Totals 345 333 8,625 737 2.1 718 697 21 19 8 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.25
CF Totals 2 1 27 5 2.5 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.00
9 Years 780 746 16,440 1,653 2.1 1,614 1,560 54 39 18 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.65

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George Selkirk Miscellaneous Stats

1934 Yankees 1 1 .500 0 0 n/a 35.2 10.4 4.6 - - -
1935 Yankees 2 7 .222 2 0 n/a 44.6 13.6 5.2 - - -
1936 Yankees 13 7 .650 3 1 n/a 27.4 8.2 4.6 - - -
1937 Yankees 8 2 .800 8 1 n/a 14.2 10.7 3.8 - - -
1938 Yankees 9 4 .692 3 1 n/a 33.5 6.4 5.4 - - -
1939 Yankees 12 5 .706 5 1 n/a 19.9 8.5 4.1 - - -
1940 Yankees 3 6 .333 7 0 n/a 19.9 8.8 5.3 - - -
1941 Yankees 1 0 1.000 23 1 n/a 27.3 5.5 6.6 - - -
1942 Yankees 0 0 .000 21 3 n/a 0.0 9.8 7.8 - - -
9 Years 49 32 .605 72 8 n/a 25.8 8.7 4.8 - - -

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George Selkirk Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1934 New York Yankees 1 $4,200.00 - -
1935 New York Yankees 3 $6,000.00 - -
1936 New York Yankees 3 $7,500.00 Stats Stats
1937 New York Yankees 3 $9,000.00 - Stats
1938 New York Yankees 3 $12,000.00 - Stats
1939 New York Yankees 3 $10,000.00 Stats Stats
1940 New York Yankees 3 $12,000.00 - -
1941 New York Yankees 3 $11,000.00 - Stats
1942 New York Yankees 3 $11,000.00 - Stats
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In 1934, Babe Ruth played in his final 77 games in right field for the New York Yankees, stepping down on September 30, 1934 , to his successor in right, George Selkirk. Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy commented about the difficult assignment, "Selkirk was one of my favorite players, taking over Ruth's spot at bat and in right field. George was under heavy pressure that first year but he came through brilliantly. No player ever had a tougher assignment."

The first Bronx Bomber to wear #3 was hall of famer Babe Ruth . The first Bronx Bomber to wear #1 was hall of famer Earle Combs . Selkirk made his debut in 1934, taking #1 from Combs , and when he permanently replaced Ruth in the outfield in 1935, he switched to #3 , the second player to wear each number.

Twinkletoes actually told McCarthy (The Brooklyn Eagle. Henry P. Edwards. December 13, 1936), "If I am going to take his place I'll take his number, too," and commented about the difficulty of the task, "Instead of being just another outfielder, one who was no Speaker or Combs in the outfield, I was expected to make the fans forget all about one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Babe Ruth . Did I worry? Well, I tried not to. Ruth , you know, always had been my baseball hero, but never had I thought I would be taking his place."

Walk-off home runs aren't that uncommon, not even game-ending walk-off homers in the extra innings, but on June 7, 1936 , Selkirk broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 16th inning with a walk-off homer served up by Oral Hildebrand . This was the latest inning any Bronx Bomber had ever hit a walk-off and a record that stood until Claudell Washington hit one in the 18th inning on September 11, 1988 .

1936 New York Yankees Team Photo
1936 New York Yankees | New York Yankees Team Photo
George Selkirk had his first 100+ RBI season in 1936, driving in a career high 107 runs and becoming part of baseball history as that team had four additional 100-RBI players; Lou Gehrig (152 RBI), Joe DiMaggio (125 RBI), Tony Lazzeri (109 RBI) and Bill Dickey (107 RBI). More than 20 teams in baseball history have had four players in their lineup with 100+ RBI, but the 1936 New York Yankees remain the only team to ever have five.

On August 3, 1983, George Selkirk was inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, a truly prestigious honor. His bio ( link ) reads in part:

Lou Gehrig , Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey , the Hunstville native is best known as the man that replaced Babe Ruth in right field for the Bronx Bombers .

Wearing the Bambino’s famous No. 3, Selkirk excelled during his nine-year big league career with the Yankees . His major league resume boasts two all-star selections, five .300+ seasons and two 100-RBI campaigns. Selkirk was equally impressive in the postseason, belting a home run in his first World Series at bat in 1936. In all, the talented outfielder was part of five World Series-winning teams, the most of any Canadian.

From 1943 to 1945, Selkirk served in the U.S. Navy. When he returned, he was employed as a player/manager with the Yankees top farm team in Newark. After his playing days were over, Selkirk served as supervisor of player personnel with the Kansas City Athletics in 1957 and as the general manager of the Washington Senators from 1964 to 1969.

In Yankees Magazine (Leo Trachtenberg. "Who Replaced Babe Ruth in Right Field for the Yankees?" October 13, 1983. Page 18.), Selkirk shared the story how he got the nickname Twinketoes, "When I was a kid I had a lot of trouble with charley horses and stuff. A coach by the name of Spike Garnish told me if I would run on my toes I might get over it. So I did. Not only made me faster, but cleared up the leg trouble. Ernie Lanigan pinned the label on me when I was with Jersey City. The name stuck."

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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