All-Time Indians: Hal Trosky

Name: Harold Arthur Trosky Sr.   Position: First Base            
Tribe Time: 1933-1941     Number: 7              
Accolades: Top 10 MVP (1934, 1936) DOB: 11/11/1912            
Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP
Best Season (1936) 151 629 124 216 45 9 42 162 405 57 58 6 5 55% .382 .644 .343 1.026 .300
Career 1124 4365 758 1365 287 53 216 911 2406 449 373 21 18 54% .377 .551 .313 .928 .238

In 1934, after only eleven professional games, Hal Trosky took over the first baseman's role for the Tribe and didn't relinquish it until he left the team in 1942. From 1934 until 1940 he was arguably the best offensive player on the team every single season. During that time he never had a season with less than 19 home runs or 90 RBI. The 1930's were not a particularly good decade for the team, but there is no question that Hal Trosky was a star. He retains two of the top ten RBI seasons for the Tribe (1934 and 1936) and also holds top ten spots for slugging percent, hits and home runs from his 1936 season. Overall, that season is possibly the greatest ever by an Indian. He beat his own record for most home runs in a single season by eleven and set a record that wouldn't be broken until Al Rosen's MVP campaign. His RBI mark that year lasted even longer as it wasn't broken until 1999 when Manny Ramirez knocked in 165.

Although his career was short (too short for Hall of Fame consideration), he did leave his mark on the Indians and he still holds spots in the top ten for best career OPS, total bases and doubles. He is in the top five in home runs, RBI and slugging percent, in all three categories trailing players who had much longer careers than he did. He also ranks among the Indians top ten first basemen of all time. Before the 1990's Hal Trosky was the preeminent slugger in Indians history, but he has since been surpassed in stats and lore by John Hart's juggernaut. Even so it remains very impressive that Trosky and Earl Averill were able to keep the top two career home run records from the late 1930's all the way to the late 1990's. They now sit at fourth and fifth all time, behind Jim Thome, Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez. Hal Trosky is a member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame from the inaugural class of 1951. He died in 1979 in his home state of Iowa.

Hal Trosky

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