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George Sisler

One of the all-time great athletes to ever come out of Summit County, Ohio and the United States, George Sisler's outstanding career over 15 years of professional baseball earned him induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY in 1939. Born in Manchester on March 24, 1893, Sisler moved to Akron at age of 14 and after starring for Akron High School played college baseball for Branch Rickey at the University of Michigan. After being selected a three-time Vanity Fair All-American Sisler graduated in 1915 with a degree in mechanical engineering. That same year, Rickey, who was now the manager of the St. Louis Browns of the American League, quickly signed Sisler to a contract worth $7,400. Over 15 seasons, 12 with St. Louis, Sisler, nicknamed "Gentleman George", skyrocketed to baseball immortality. Starting in 1916, the first baseman batted above .300 for seven consecutive seasons that included League-leading .407 average in 1920 and a .420 average, the third highest in the 20th century, in 1922. During that 1920 season he collected 257 hits to break Ty Cobb's Major League record of 248 set in 1911 with the Detroit Tigers. Sisler's record lasted an unbelievable 84 years, until 2004, when Ishiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners had 262 hits. While earning the American League MVP Award, the left-handed Sisler set another Major League record with hits in 41 consecutive games that New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio broke, and still holds, with 56 in 1941. Believe it or not, Sisler still owns another Major League record, his .407 batting average for 600 plus at bats. He closed out his 2055-game career playing the 1928-30 seasons for the National League's Boston Braves where he continued his excellent batting with .340, .326 and .309 averages, respectively. Five times he led the American League in stolen bases, including a career-high of 51 in 1922 and Sisler's lifetime major league batting average was an awesome .341. In 1999, The Sporting News, nicknamed "the Bible of Baseball", placed Sisler at number 33 in its issue of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players." At present there is a statue of Sisler, a tribute to his outstanding career, outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Sisler passed in 1973.

Inducted 1957 | Baseball