George Sisler Boston Braves

March 23, 1920 - March 26, 1973 | aka Gorgeous George | 5' 11" | 170lbs. | Bats: Left
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
SLA AL 1915 81 274 28 78 7 27 10 2 3 29 10 9 .285 .307 .369 2 10 .307 n/a
SLA AL 1916 151 580 83 177 40 37 21 11 4 76 34 26 .305 .355 .400 6 6 .321 n/a
SLA AL 1917 135 539 60 190 30 19 30 9 2 52 37 0 .353 .390 .453 5 3 .363 n/a
SLA AL 1918 114 452 69 154 40 17 21 9 2 41 45 0 .341 .400 .440 8 3 .351 n/a
SLA AL 1919 132 511 96 180 27 20 31 15 10 83 28 0 .352 .390 .530 5 4 .353 n/a
SLA AL 1920 154 631 137 257 46 19 49 18 19 122 42 17 .407 .449 .632 7 3 .401 n/a
SLA AL 1921 138 582 125 216 34 27 38 18 12 104 35 11 .371 .411 .560 5 4 .376 n/a
SLA AL 1922 142 586 134 246 49 14 42 18 8 105 51 19 .420 .467 .594 7 2 .422 n/a
SLA AL 1924 151 636 94 194 31 29 27 10 9 74 19 17 .305 .340 .421 5 4 .309 n/a
SLA AL 1925 150 649 100 224 27 24 21 15 12 105 11 12 .345 .371 .479 4 4 .346 n/a
SLA AL 1926 150 613 78 178 30 30 21 12 7 71 12 8 .290 .327 .398 5 5 .297 n/a
SLA AL 1927 149 614 87 201 24 15 32 8 5 97 27 7 .327 .357 .430 4 2 .330 n/a
WS1 AL 1928 20 49 1 12 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 .245 .260 .265 2 4 .255 n/a
BSN NL 1928 118 491 71 167 30 15 26 4 4 68 11 0 .340 .380 .434 6 3 .345 n/a
BSN NL 1929 154 629 67 205 33 17 40 8 2 79 6 0 .326 .363 .424 5 3 .333 n/a
BSN NL 1930 116 431 54 133 23 15 15 7 3 67 7 0 .309 .346 .397 5 3 .315 n/a
Career 15yrs 2055 8267 1284 2812 472 327 425 164 102 1175 375 127 .340 .379 .468 5 4 .346 n/a
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Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jun 22 '20

Penicillin was invented in 1928. With modern drugs, Sisler probably wouldn't have missed the entire 1923 season and been reduced for the rest of his career. I wonder how many other baseball careers were shaped by the medical limitations of 70 or 100 years ago. And not just pitchers with sore arms.  

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Jun 22 '20

We have many more players than I ever realized in the DB (after a tip from Mike on the searches)... unfortunately the edit function stops at 1920 for the DOB.

That's amazing about Sisler. Without the sinus infection he would have challenged Ty Cobb for lifetime BA.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 22 '20

Also, Sisler was born in 1893 and not 1901. if Sisler's birthdate was how it was listed above, he would have been a 14-year-old when he broke in with the Browns in 1915. Which otherwise might explain why he only hit .295. 

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Jun 22 '20

From the Baseball Hall of Fame website: "At the height of his success as a player, Sisler missed the entire 1923 season due to a sinus infection that produced double vision. He would come back to play another seven seasons, hitting .320 during that span, but he would acknowledge that he was never quite the same hitter."

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Jun 22 '20

After hitting .420 and being named the AL MVP in 1922, Sisler didn't play in 1923.

A salary holdout?

If so, there was a lot of rust in 1924. His hitting streak carried over into 1925.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 22 '20

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Longest hitting streaks since 1904

RkNameStartEndGamesTm
1Joe DiMaggio1941‑05‑15 1941‑07‑1656 NYY
2Pete Rose1978‑06‑14 1978‑07‑3144 CIN
3George Sisler1922‑07‑27 1922‑09‑1741 SLB
4Ty Cobb1911‑05‑15 1911‑07‑0240 DET
5Paul Molitor1987‑07‑16 1987‑08‑2539 MIL
6Jimmy Rollins2005‑08‑23 2006‑04‑0538 PHI
7Tommy Holmes1945‑06‑06 1945‑07‑0837 BSN
8Chase Utley2006‑06‑23 2006‑08‑0335 PHI
Luis Castillo2002‑05‑08 2002‑06‑2135 FLA
George Sisler1924‑09‑27 1925‑05‑1935 SLB
Ty Cobb1917‑05‑31 1917‑07‑0535 DET

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Alex Patton Alex
Jun 22 '20