All-Time Indians: Bobby Avila

 

Name: Roberto Francisco Gonzalez Avila   Position: Second Base        
                Number: 1          
Tribe Time: 1949-1958           DOB: 04/02/1924          
Accolades: 3 Time All-Star (1952,1954-1955), Top 10 MVP (1951, 1954), Top 30 MVP (1952)    
Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP
Best Season (1954) 143 555 112 189 27 2 15 67 265 59 31 9 7 56% .402 .477 .341 .879 .137
Career 1207 4356 688 1236 182 33 74 442 1706 527 352 75 52 59% .354 .392 .284 .746 .108
Post Season Career 4 15 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0% .235 .133 .133 .368 .000

Bobby Avila took over for the Hall of Famer Joe Gordon in 1951, knocking in 58 runs in 141 games, an impressive total for a mid century second baseman. Avila joined a strong offense including 1953 MVP Al Rosen and future Hall of Famer Larry Doby. 1954 was the best season in Indians history as far as winning percent goes and it had a lot to due with that strong offense. That year, Avila lead the team in runs scored and batting average (he also lead the league) as he provided a spark at the top of the lineup for Doby and Rosen to knock in.

Avila was one of the top second basemen of his era, starting twice for the American League in the All-Star game in a three year span. He remains one of the top ten Indians second basemen of all time, leading the position in walks and ranking second in games, at bats, runs, hits and total bases while ranking third in home runs. When his career was in a down turn in 1958 the Indians traded Avila to Baltimore. In 1959 he was DFA'd  three times by three different teams before retiring after just a ten year career. Bobby Avila died in 2004.

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