George Sisler Stats

George Sisler was born on Friday, March 24, 1893, in Manchester, Ohio. Sisler was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 28, 1915, with the St. Louis Browns. 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 Sisler baseball stats page.

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"He (George Sisler) is probably the only player other than ( Lou ) Gehrig who can reasonably be considered the greatest first baseman ever in terms of peak value. The reason I say that is that the other top contenders, most notably ( Jimmie ) Foxx and ( Willie ) McCovey , were the same type of players that Gehrig was, and thus they can be directly compared to him, a comparison that they clearly lose. But the man I'm referring to a different type of player, he didn't have the home run pop, but he hit for a higher average, faster and a better defensive player than Gehrig , and the comparison between the two is not easy." - Baseball Historian Bill James in The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball's Forgotten Great (Rick Huhn, University of Missouri Publishing, 11/22/2004, Page 286)

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George "The Sizzler" Sisler Autograph on a 1960 Fleer Greats (#13)

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Birth Name:
George Harold Sisler
Nickname:
Gentleman George or Gorgeous George or Sizzler
Born On:
03-24-1893  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Manchester, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
03-26-1973 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Richmond Heights, Missouri
Cemetery:
Old Meeting House Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Frontenac, MO
High School:
Akron High School (Akron, OH)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
06-28-1915 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-22-1930
Draft:
Not Applicable

George Sisler

George Sisler Pitching Stats

1915 22 Browns 15 8 3 4 4 .500 2.83 6 0 0 70.0 293 62 22 26 0 38 - 41 1 4 1 -
1916 23 Browns 3 3 0 1 2 .333 1.00 3 1 0 27.0 98 18 3 4 0 6 - 12 0 1 0 -
1918 25 Browns 2 1 1 0 0 .000 4.50 0 0 1 8.0 41 10 4 6 0 4 - 4 1 1 0 -
1920 27 Browns 1 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 1 1.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 0 0 0 -
1925 32 Browns 1 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 2.0 7 1 0 0 0 1 - 1 0 0 0 -
1926 33 Browns 1 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 1 2.0 7 0 0 0 0 2 - 3 0 0 0 -
1928 35 Braves 1 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 1 - 0 0 0 0 -
7 Years 24 12 8 5 6 .455 2.35 9 1 3 111.0 453 91 29 36 0 52 - 63 2 6 1 -

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George Sisler Hitting Stats

1915 22 Browns 81 274 28 78 10 2 3 0 29 7 - 27 12 - 2 - .285 .307 .369
1916 23 Browns 151 580 83 177 21 11 4 0 76 40 - 37 19 - 5 - .305 .355 .400
1917 24 Browns 135 539 60 190 30 9 2 0 52 30 - 19 15 - 3 - .353 .390 .453
1918 25 Browns 114 452 69 154 21 9 2 0 41 40 - 17 9 - 5 - .341 .400 .440
1919 26 Browns 132 511 96 180 31 15 10 0 83 27 - 20 18 - 5 - .352 .390 .530
1920 27 Browns 154 631 137 257 49 18 19 0 122 46 - 19 13 - 2 - .407 .449 .632
1921 28 Browns 138 582 125 216 38 18 12 1 104 34 - 27 14 - 5 - .371 .411 .560
1922 29 Browns 142 586 134 246 42 18 8 1 105 49 - 14 16 - 3 - .420 .467 .594
1924 31 Browns 151 636 94 194 27 10 9 0 74 31 - 29 14 - 3 - .305 .340 .421
1925 32 Browns 150 649 100 224 21 15 12 1 105 27 - 24 12 - 0 - .345 .371 .479
1926 33 Browns 150 613 78 178 21 12 7 0 71 30 - 30 16 - 3 - .290 .327 .398
1927 34 Browns 149 614 87 201 32 8 5 1 97 24 - 15 19 - 4 - .327 .357 .430
1928 35 Senators 20 49 1 12 1 0 0 0 2 1 - 2 1 - 0 - .245 .260 .265
1928 35 Braves 118 491 71 167 26 4 4 0 68 30 - 15 14 - 2 - .340 .380 .434
1929 36 Braves 154 629 67 205 40 8 2 0 79 33 - 17 20 - 4 - .326 .363 .424
1930 37 Braves 116 431 54 133 15 7 3 0 67 23 - 15 14 - 2 - .309 .346 .397
15 Years 2,055 8,267 1,284 2,812 425 164 102 4 1,175 472 - 327 226 - 48 - .340 .379 .468

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George Sisler Fielding Stats

1915 Browns 1B 36 33 870 379 10.5 375 357 18 4 20 n/a n/a n/a .989 11.64
1915 Browns CF 8 6 156 17 2.1 17 16 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.94
1915 Browns LF 6 6 168 12 2.0 12 12 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
1915 Browns P 15 8 210 23 1.5 23 5 18 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.96
1915 Browns RF 15 14 276 127 8.5 124 123 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 12.13
1916 Browns 1B 141 139 3,738 1,617 11.5 1,593 1,510 83 24 85 n/a n/a n/a .985 11.51
1916 Browns 3B 2 2 27 6 3.0 6 2 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
1916 Browns CF 2 2 69 7 3.5 7 6 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.74
1916 Browns P 3 3 81 12 4.0 12 3 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
1916 Browns RF 1 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1917 Browns 1B 133 133 3,534 1,507 11.3 1,485 1,384 101 22 97 n/a n/a n/a .985 11.35
1917 Browns 2B 2 2 51 9 4.5 7 2 5 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .778 3.71
1918 Browns 1B 114 113 3,033 1,352 11.9 1,339 1,244 95 13 64 n/a n/a n/a .990 11.92
1918 Browns P 2 1 24 2 1.0 2 0 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1919 Browns 1B 131 131 3,456 1,382 10.5 1,369 1,249 120 13 62 n/a n/a n/a .991 10.70
1920 Browns 1B 154 154 459 1,633 10.6 1,617 1,477 140 16 87 n/a n/a n/a .990 95.12
1920 Browns P 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1921 Browns 1B 138 138 3,651 1,385 10.0 1,375 1,267 108 10 86 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.17
1922 Browns 1B 141 141 3,792 1,435 10.2 1,418 1,293 125 17 116 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.10
1924 Browns 1B 151 151 3,951 1,461 9.7 1,438 1,326 112 23 115 n/a n/a n/a .984 9.83
1925 Browns 1B 150 150 3,951 1,500 10.0 1,474 1,343 131 26 120 n/a n/a n/a .983 10.07
1925 Browns P 1 0 6 2 2.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1926 Browns 1B 149 149 3,897 1,575 10.6 1,554 1,467 87 21 141 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.77
1926 Browns P 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1927 Browns 1B 149 149 3,894 1,529 10.3 1,505 1,374 131 24 138 n/a n/a n/a .984 10.44
1928 Senators 1B 5 4 78 45 9.0 45 45 0 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 15.58
1928 Senators LF 5 4 78 8 1.6 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.77
1928 Braves 1B 118 118 3,159 1,289 10.9 1,274 1,188 86 15 100 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.89
1928 Braves P 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1929 Braves 1B 154 154 462 1,537 10.0 1,509 1,398 111 28 131 n/a n/a n/a .982 88.19
1930 Braves 1B 107 104 2,634 1,009 9.4 996 915 81 13 103 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.21
1B Totals 1,971 1,961 44,559 20,635 10.5 20,366 18,837 1,529 269 1,468 n/a n/a n/a .987 12.34
P Totals 24 12 333 40 1.7 40 8 32 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.24
RF Totals 16 14 276 127 7.9 124 123 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 12.13
LF Totals 11 10 246 20 1.8 20 20 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.20
CF Totals 10 8 225 24 2.4 24 22 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.88
2B Totals 2 2 51 9 4.5 7 2 5 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .778 3.71
3B Totals 2 2 27 6 3.0 6 2 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
15 Years 2,036 2,009 45,717 20,861 10.2 20,587 19,014 1,573 274 1,471 n/a n/a n/a .987 12.16

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George Sisler Miscellaneous Stats

1915 Browns 10 9 .526 0 0 n/a 91.3 10.1 9.4 1.08 5.27 4.89
1916 Browns 34 26 .567 0 0 n/a 145.0 15.7 7.6 2.00 4.00 2.00
1917 Browns 37 - - 0 0 n/a 269.5 28.4 10.4 - - -
1918 Browns 45 - - 0 0 n/a 226.0 26.6 11.0 1.00 4.50 4.50
1919 Browns 28 - - 1 0 n/a 51.1 25.6 6.2 - - -
1920 Browns 42 17 .712 0 0 n/a 33.2 33.2 5.2 0.00 18.00 0.00
1921 Browns 35 11 .761 0 0 n/a 48.5 21.6 5.6 - - -
1922 Browns 51 19 .729 1 0 n/a 73.3 41.9 5.6 - - -
1924 Browns 19 17 .528 0 0 n/a 70.7 21.9 8.6 - - -
1925 Browns 11 12 .478 0 0 n/a 54.1 27.0 6.2 1.00 4.50 4.50
1926 Browns 12 8 .600 1 0 n/a 87.6 20.4 8.6 1.50 13.50 9.00
1927 Browns 27 7 .794 0 0 n/a 122.8 40.9 6.3 - - -
1928 Senators 0 1 .000 11 0 n/a 0.0 24.5 24.5 - - -
1928 Braves 11 - - 0 0 n/a 122.8 32.7 7.2 0.00 0.00 9.00
1929 Braves 6 - - 0 0 n/a 314.5 37.0 8.0 - - -
1930 Braves 7 - - 9 0 n/a 143.7 28.7 6.4 - - -
15 Years 375 127 .747 23 0 n/a 81.0 25.3 7.0 1.21 5.11 4.22

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George Sisler Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1915 St. Louis Browns n/a $2,400.00 n/a -
1916 St. Louis Browns n/a Undetermined n/a -
1917 St. Louis Browns n/a Undetermined n/a -
1918 St. Louis Browns n/a Undetermined n/a -
1919 St. Louis Browns n/a $7,200.00 n/a -
1920 St. Louis Browns n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1921 St. Louis Browns n/a $12,500.00 n/a -
1922 St. Louis Browns n/a $12,500.00 n/a -
1924 St. Louis Browns n/a $12,500.00 n/a -
1925 St. Louis Browns n/a $20,000.00 n/a -
1926 St. Louis Browns n/a $20,000.00 n/a -
1927 St. Louis Browns n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1928 Washington Senators n/a $17,500.00 n/a -
1928 Boston Braves n/a "     " n/a -
1929 Boston Braves n/a Undetermined n/a -
1930 Boston Braves n/a Undetermined n/a -
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Did you know that George Sisler's plaque (below) at the Baseball Hall of Fame has the following passage: CREDITED WITH BEING ONE OF BEST TWO FIELDING FIRST BASEMEN IN HISTORY OF GAME? The other? Hal Chase ! Sisler had amazing fielding skills, was a superb baserunner, a fine pitcher, and one hell of a hitter. A brief look at some years of note:

1915: George Sisler entered the show as a southpaw pitcher for the St. Louis Browns before switching to first base the following season. He might have only had 5 wins and 6 losses on the mound during his pitching career, but he did finish with a 2.35 earned run average and twice he defeated Walter Johnson in complete-game victories (2-1 & 1-0).

1917: George Sisler led the American League in double plays turned at first base with 97, finished first twice more (1926 & 1927), and finished in the top five thirteen times over the course of his career.

1918: George Sisler swiped forty-five bases leading all American League base runners and earning the first of four single season stolen base crowns (1921, 1922 & 1927).

1920: George Sisler played every inning of every game, stole 42 bases, collected a record setting 257 hits (a mark which stood until Ichiro Suzuki broke the record with 262 hits in 2004), and won his first batting title (.407).

1922: George Sisler hit safely in 41 consecutive games , an American League record that stood until Joe DiMaggio broke it in 1941. He also led the American League in runs scored, hits, singles, triples and won his second batting title with a .420 batting average - the third-highest of the 20th century, surpassed only by Rogers Hornsby's .424 in 1924 and Nap Lajoie's .426 in 1901.

1923: George Sisler missed the entire season because a severe sinus infection produced double vision and in an interview Sisler said, "The doctors all said I'd never play again, but when you're fighting for something that actually keeps you alive - well, the human will is all you need." He insisted that his real career ended that year, but went on to hit .326, .327 and .345 then commented, "I didn't consider that real good hitting."

1925: George Sisler had his fourth and final 100+ RBI season. His previous three were all consecutive, 1920-1922.

1930: George Sisler finished his career with 8,267 at-bats and 2,812 hits, a lifetime career batting average of .340 that places him in the top 15 all-time batting averages in Major League history.

George Sisler Hall of Fame Plaque
George Sisler | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1939 ( HOF )
George Sisler was ranked thirty-third by The Sporting News when they released their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players in the history of baseball. When the National Baseball Hall of Fame opened their doors in 1939, Sisler was in attendance at the first inauguration having been elected earlier that year with 85.8% of the votes - more than 1936 inductee Walter Johnson (83.6%); 1937 inductees Cy Young (76.1%), Tris Speaker (82.1%) & Nap Lajoie (83.6%); 1938 inductees Grover Alexander (80.9%); and fellow 1939 inductees Eddie Collins (77.7%) and Willie Keeler (75.5%).

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