All-Time Indians: George Stovall

 

Name: George Thomas Stovall       Position: First Base/Manager  
Nick Name: Firebrand                    
Tribe Time: 1904-1911/1911           DOB: 11/23/1877  
Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SB OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP
Best Season (1911) 126 458 48 124 17 7 0 79 155 21 11 .306 .338 .271 .644 .068
Career 955 3591 379 955 159 40 7 376 1215 99 110 .279 .338 .266 .617 .072
As Manager W L W%                          
Career 74 62 0.544                          

In 1904 George Stovall joined the Cleveland Blues and became the teams first long-term first baseman. Unlike the majority first baggers to follow him, Stovall was a defense first player, recording a career .986 fielding percent at first base. He lead the league in fielding percent  in 1910 and 1911 and ranked at least third from 1907 on. He also ranked first in assists from first base every year from 1909 through 1911.

Offensively, Stovall was subpar compared to both the players of his age (like Napoleon Lajoie and Elmer Flick) and the first basemen of the future, but he still contributed to the team for a lengthy career. During his eight years in Cleveland his most impressive stat was his 110 stolen bases. While caught stealing numbers are unavailable from that time period, the total steals still rank among the top 20 in Indians history. Despite little power, he still had over 200 extra base hits and knocked in and scored more than 375 runs. To this day he remains ranked in the top ten Indians first basemen.

At the end of his playing career his leadership ability was recognized and he became player/manager before being traded to the St. Louis Browns in 1912 for Lefty George. He continued managing every team he played for during his last four seasons with the Browns and Kansas City Packers (Federal League). As a Cleveland manager he ranks tenth all time among managers with at least 100 games under their belt. Stovall retired in 1915 after 12 years of professional baseball. George Stovall died in 1951 at the age of 73.

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