Tris Speaker Stats

Tris Speaker was born on Wednesday, April 4, 1888, in Hubbard, Texas. Speaker was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 14, 1907, with the Boston Americans. 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 Tris Speaker baseball stats page.

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"But for all his offensive prowess, it was (Tris) Speaker's superb play as a centerfielder that gained him the greatest accolades from contemporaries and in the reminiscences of aging ballplayers, fans, and sportswriters. In 1915 Damon Runyon of the New York American proclaimed that 'For years and years to come we will be contemplating the possibilities of a human being who could field and throw like Speaker.' That same year Hugh Fullerton of the Chicago Herald and Examiner estimated that Speaker saved his pitchers about a run and a half per game. Eleven years later, when it seemed (prematurely) that Speaker's playing days were over, his friend Joe Williams of the Cleveland Press wrote, 'Inevitably all outfield stars will be compared to Speaker and inevitably all will suffer.' One of his old Boston Red Sox teammates remembered that on balls hit over his head, 'He'd turn and run - and you'd think he had a radar or magnet or something because just at the proper time he'd turn his head and catch the ball over his shoulder.' Joe Sewell , who played with and for player-manager Speaker for seven years, beginning in 1920, remarked that he had watched outstanding centerfielders such as Joe DiMaggio , Willie Mays , and Mickey Mantle , but 'Nobody could play centerfield like Speaker.' " -- Author Charles C. Alexander in Spoke: A Biography of Tris Speaker (Southern Methodist University Publishing, 2007, Page 12) [ Tris Speaker Quotes ]

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Birth Name:
Tristram Edgar Speaker
Nickname:
Spoke - The Grey Eagle - Tris
Born On:
04-04-1888  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Hubbard, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-08-1958 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Lake Whitney, Texas
Cemetery:
Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard, Texas
High School:
Hubbard High School (Hubbard, TX)
College:
Texas Wesleyan University (1905)
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
193
First Game:
09-14-1907 (Age 19)
Last Game:
08-30-1928
Draft:
Not Applicable

Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker Pitching Stats

1914 26 Red Sox 1 0 1 0 0 .000 9.00 0 0 0 1.0 4 2 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -
1 Year 1 0 1 0 0 .000 9.00 0 0 0 1.0 4 2 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -

Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker Hitting Stats

1907 19 Americans 7 19 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 - - 0 - 0 - .158 .200 .158
1908 20 Red Sox 31 116 12 26 2 2 0 0 9 4 - - 3 - 2 - .224 .262 .276
1909 21 Red Sox 143 544 73 168 26 13 7 0 77 38 - - 17 - 7 - .309 .362 .443
1910 22 Red Sox 141 538 92 183 20 14 7 0 65 52 - - 12 - 6 - .340 .404 .468
1911 23 Red Sox 141 500 88 167 34 13 8 0 70 59 - - 17 - 13 - .334 .418 .502
1912 24 Red Sox 153 580 136 222 53 12 10 0 90 82 - - 7 - 6 - .383 .464 .567
1913 25 Red Sox 141 520 94 189 35 22 3 0 71 65 - 22 16 - 7 - .363 .441 .533
1914 26 Red Sox 158 571 101 193 46 18 4 0 90 77 - 25 13 - 7 - .338 .423 .503
1915 27 Red Sox 150 547 108 176 25 12 0 0 69 81 - 14 17 - 7 - .322 .416 .411
1916 28 Indians 151 546 102 211 41 8 2 0 79 82 - 20 15 - 4 - .386 .470 .502
1917 29 Indians 142 523 90 184 42 11 2 0 60 67 - 14 15 - 7 - .352 .432 .486
1918 30 Indians 127 471 73 150 33 11 0 0 61 64 - 9 11 - 3 - .318 .403 .435
1919 31 Indians 134 494 83 146 38 12 2 0 63 73 - 12 20 - 8 - .296 .395 .433
1920 32 Indians 150 552 137 214 50 11 8 0 107 97 - 13 20 - 5 - .388 .483 .562
1921 33 Indians 132 506 107 183 52 14 3 0 75 68 - 12 12 - 2 - .362 .439 .538
1922 34 Indians 131 426 85 161 48 8 11 1 71 77 - 11 12 - 1 - .378 .474 .606
1923 35 Indians 150 574 133 218 59 11 17 3 130 93 - 15 22 - 4 - .380 .469 .610
1924 36 Indians 135 486 94 167 36 9 9 0 65 72 - 13 13 - 4 - .344 .432 .510
1925 37 Indians 117 429 79 167 35 5 12 0 87 70 - 12 15 - 4 - .389 .479 .578
1926 38 Indians 150 539 96 164 52 8 7 0 86 94 - 15 28 - 0 - .304 .408 .469
1927 39 Senators 141 523 71 171 43 6 2 0 73 55 - 8 15 - 4 - .327 .395 .444
1928 40 Athletics 64 191 28 51 22 2 3 0 30 10 - 5 9 - 2 - .267 .310 .450
22 Years 2,789 10,195 1,882 3,514 792 222 117 4 1,529 1,381 - 220 309 - 103 - .345 .428 .500

Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker Fielding Stats

1907 Americans RF 4 - - 6 1.5 6 4 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1908 Red Sox OF 31 - - 67 2.2 67 58 9 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1909 Red Sox CF 142 - - 364 2.6 354 319 35 10 12 n/a n/a n/a .973 0.00
1910 Red Sox CF 140 - - 373 2.7 357 337 20 16 7 n/a n/a n/a .957 0.00
1911 Red Sox CF 138 - - 338 2.4 323 297 26 15 5 n/a n/a n/a .956 0.00
1912 Red Sox CF 153 - - 425 2.8 407 372 35 18 9 n/a n/a n/a .958 0.00
1913 Red Sox CF 139 - - 429 3.1 404 374 30 25 7 n/a n/a n/a .942 0.00
1914 Red Sox 1B 1 0 7 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.71
1914 Red Sox CF 157 157 3,874 467 3.0 452 423 29 15 12 n/a n/a n/a .968 3.15
1914 Red Sox P 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1915 Red Sox CF 150 149 3,819 409 2.7 399 378 21 10 8 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.82
1915 Red Sox RF 1 1 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1916 Indians CF 151 151 4,323 394 2.6 384 359 25 10 10 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.40
1917 Indians CF 142 142 3,732 396 2.8 388 365 23 8 5 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.81
1918 Indians CF 127 1 369 377 3.0 367 352 15 10 6 n/a n/a n/a .973 26.85
1919 Indians CF 134 134 3,417 407 3.0 400 375 25 7 6 n/a n/a n/a .983 3.16
1920 Indians CF 148 146 3,756 396 2.7 387 363 24 9 8 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.78
1921 Indians CF 128 128 3,072 366 2.9 360 345 15 6 2 n/a n/a n/a .984 3.16
1922 Indians CF 109 109 2,664 299 2.7 294 281 13 5 6 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.98
1923 Indians CF 150 150 4,263 408 2.7 395 369 26 13 7 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.50
1924 Indians CF 127 126 3,138 356 2.8 342 323 20 13 3 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.95
1925 Indians CF 109 109 2,811 338 3.1 327 311 16 11 9 n/a n/a n/a .967 3.14
1926 Indians CF 149 148 4,323 422 2.8 414 394 20 8 7 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.59
1927 Senators 1B 17 15 384 159 9.4 157 145 12 2 18 n/a n/a n/a .987 11.04
1927 Senators CF 119 119 2,967 300 2.5 290 278 12 10 5 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.64
1927 Senators RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1928 Athletics CF 48 43 1,092 121 2.5 118 110 8 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.92
1928 Athletics LF 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
CF Totals 2,660 1,812 47,620 7,385 2.8 7,162 6,725 438 222 135 n/a n/a n/a .970 4.06
OF Totals 31 0 0 67 2.2 67 58 9 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1B Totals 18 15 391 161 8.9 159 147 12 2 19 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.98
RF Totals 6 1 5 6 1.0 6 4 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 32.40
LF Totals 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
P Totals 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
22 Years 2,717 1,828 48,022 7,621 2.8 7,396 6,935 462 224 159 n/a n/a n/a .971 4.16

Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker Miscellaneous Stats

1907 Americans 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 19.0 - - -
1908 Red Sox 3 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 12.9 - - -
1909 Red Sox 35 - - 0 0 n/a 77.7 0.0 7.1 - - -
1910 Red Sox 35 - - 0 0 n/a 76.9 0.0 8.3 - - -
1911 Red Sox 25 - - 0 0 n/a 62.5 0.0 7.1 - - -
1912 Red Sox 52 28 .650 0 0 n/a 58.0 0.0 6.4 - - -
1913 Red Sox 46 - - 0 0 n/a 173.3 23.6 7.3 - - -
1914 Red Sox 42 29 .592 0 0 n/a 142.8 22.8 6.3 0.00 0.00 0.00
1915 Red Sox 29 25 .537 0 0 n/a 0.0 39.1 7.9 - - -
1916 Indians 35 27 .565 0 0 n/a 273.0 27.3 6.9 - - -
1917 Indians 30 - - 0 0 n/a 261.5 37.4 8.7 - - -
1918 Indians 27 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 52.3 7.7 - - -
1919 Indians 15 - - 0 0 n/a 247.0 41.2 7.8 - - -
1920 Indians 10 13 .435 2 0 n/a 69.0 42.5 5.2 - - -
1921 Indians 2 4 .333 4 0 n/a 168.7 42.2 6.7 - - -
1922 Indians 8 3 .727 22 0 n/a 38.7 38.7 6.0 - - -
1923 Indians 8 9 .471 0 0 n/a 33.8 38.3 4.4 - - -
1924 Indians 5 7 .417 8 1 n/a 54.0 37.4 7.5 - - -
1925 Indians 5 2 .714 7 1 n/a 35.8 35.8 4.9 - - -
1926 Indians 6 1 .857 1 0 n/a 77.0 35.9 6.3 - - -
1927 Senators 9 8 .529 4 0 n/a 261.5 65.4 7.2 - - -
1928 Athletics 5 1 .833 14 0 n/a 63.7 38.2 6.4 - - -
22 Years 432 157 .733 62 2 n/a 87.1 46.3 6.7 0.00 0.00 0.00

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Tris Speaker Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1907 Boston Americans n/a Undetermined n/a -
1908 Boston Red Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1909 Boston Red Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1910 Boston Red Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1911 Boston Red Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1912 Boston Red Sox n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1913 Boston Red Sox n/a $9,000.00 n/a -
1914 Boston Red Sox n/a $17,500.00 n/a -
1915 Boston Red Sox n/a $17,500.00 n/a Stats
1916 Cleveland Indians n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1917 Cleveland Indians n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1918 Cleveland Indians n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1919 Cleveland Indians n/a $18,000.00 n/a -
1920 Cleveland Indians n/a $20,000.00 n/a Stats
1921 Cleveland Indians n/a $25,000.00 n/a -
1922 Cleveland Indians n/a $30,000.00 n/a -
1923 Cleveland Indians n/a $30,000.00 n/a -
1924 Cleveland Indians n/a $30,000.00 n/a -
1925 Cleveland Indians n/a $30,000.00 n/a -
1926 Cleveland Indians n/a $30,000.00 n/a -
1927 Washington Senators n/a $30,000.00 n/a -
1928 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
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Tristram Edgar Speaker was a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Americans (1907), Boston Red Sox (1908), Cleveland Indians (1916-1926), Washington Senators (1927) and Philadelphia Athletics (1928). The Grey Eagle, his nickname, is widely considered one of greatest defensive and offensive center fielders in baseball history - the glove he wore was actually referred to as the place "where triples go to die!"

Tris Speaker - offensively speaking - was a home run champion (1912), games played leader (1914), batting champion (1916), singles leader (1916), slugging percentage leader (1916), RBIs leader (1923), hits leader (1914, 1916), extra base hits leader (1912, 1914), on base percentage leader (1912, 1916, 1922, 1925), doubles leader (1912, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923).

Tris Speaker - defensively speaking - led the league in games played in centerfield (1909, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1923, 1926), recorded the most putouts by a centerfielder (1909, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1919), had the most assists by a centerfielder (1909, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1917, 1923, 1924, 1926), and turned the most double plays by a center fielder (1909, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926). He also led center fielders in errors committed twice (1913, 1924), but his fielding percentage was also tops amongst centerfielders (1909, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1926).

Tris Speaker first appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1936, but only 58.8% of the writers chose to vote for him (?). A year later, he was rightfully inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tris Speaker Hall of Fame Plaque
Tris Speaker | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1937 ( HOF )

In 1883 Francis Richter founded the Sporting Life, a weekly magazine devoted to coverage of all sports, with an emphasis on baseball. In 1887 Richter, and other baseball journalists, formed the Base Ball Reporters Association of America, also referred to as the National Base Ball Reporters' Association. And in 1914 Richter wrote the History and Records of Baseball: the American Nation's Chief Sport (Philadelphia: Sporting Life Publishing Co., 1914). In that historic book Richter selected the greatest players in each position in each decade:

Francis Richter Greatest Players by Decade

Decade Catchers Catchers
1870-1880 Doug Allison Deacon White
1880-1890 Charlie Bennett Buck Ewing
1890-1900 Tom Daly Yank Robinson
1900-1912 Chief Meyers Billy Sullivan
Decade Pitchers Pitchers
1870-1880 Candy Cummings Al Spalding
1880-1890 John Clarkson Old Hoss Radbourn
1890-1900 Amos Rusie Cy Young
1900-1912 Christy Mathewson Rube Waddell
Decade First Base First Base
1870-1880 Wes Fisler Joe Start
1880-1890 Cap Anson Charlie Comiskey
1890-1900 Jake Beckley Dan Brouthers
1900-1912 Hal Chase Fred Tenney
Decade Second Base Second Base
1870-1880 Ross Barnes Al Reach (NA Only)
1880-1890 Fred Dunlap Bid McPhee
1890-1900 Nap Lajoie Fred Pfeffer
1900-1912 Eddie Collins Johnny Evers
Decade Third Base Third Base
1870-1880 Cap Anson Ezra Sutton
1880-1890 Jerry Denny Denny Lyons
1890-1900 John McGraw Billy Nash
1900-1912 Home Run Baker Jimmy Collins
Decade Shortstops Shortstops
1870-1880 Davy Force George Wright
1880-1890 Monte Ward Ned Williamson
1890-1900 Hughie Jennings Herman Long
1900-1912 Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace
Decade Left Fielders Left Fielders
1870-1880 Andy Leonard Lip Pike
1880-1890 Tip O'Neill George Wood
1890-1900 Ed Delahanty Joe Kelley
1900-1912 Fred Clarke Chick Stahl
Decade Center Fielders Center Fielders
1870-1880 Count Sensenderfer (NA Only) Harry Wright
1880-1890 Ned Hanlon Hardy Richardson
1890-1900 Billy Hamilton Bill Lange
1900-1912 Ty Cobb Tris Speaker
Decade Right Fielders Right Fielders
1870-1880 Jack Chapman Cal McVey
1880-1890 Joe Kelley Sam Thompson
1890-1900 Jesse Burkett Mike Tiernan
1900-1912 Sam Crawford Willie Keeler

Did you know that Tris Speaker was named one of the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players Top 100 Greatest Indians and Speaker was named one of the twenty-three outfielders.

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