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.
"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.)
George "Twinkletoes" Selkirk Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats (#7)
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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 | 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:
Wearing the Bambinos 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."
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