All-Time Indians: Joe Gordon

Name: Joseph Lowell Gordon Position: Second Base/Manager
Nick Name: Flash Number: 4
Tribe Time: 1947-1950/1958-1960 DOB: 02/18/1915
Accolades: Hall of Fame (2009), 3 Time All-Star (1947-1949), Top 10 MVP (1948-1949)
Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP
Best Season (1948) 144 550 96 154 21 4 32 124 279 77 68 5 2 71% .371 .507 .280 .878 .227
Career 566 2021 78 530 78 14 100 358 936 278 194 21 12 64% .353 .463 .262 .816 .201
As Manager W L W%      
Career 184 151 0.549

Joe Gordon is a recent inductee of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame (2009) and the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame (2008) as well. While he was inducted as a Yankee for his 7 years of service there, he contributed enough to the Indians that he deserves recognition here as well. Gordon was the rare case of an amazing player being traded from the Yankees to another team. In 1946 the Indians made the deal in exchange for Allie Reynolds following top 25 MVP finishes in 7 of Gordon’s 8 seasons and seven consecutive All-Star game appearances.

When he came to Cleveland he picked his game up even more, earning career highs in home runs and RBI in 1948. That same season he lead the Indians to their second World Series championship as their starting second baseman against the Boston Braves. Gordon was the top offensive player on the Tribe for both 1947 and 1948 when he lead the team each year in home runs and RBI. 1949 saw the emergence of Larry Doby as a powerful force and 1950 brought around the advent of Al Rosen, but Gordon continued to produce through his entire time with the Tribe, hitting at least 19 home runs every year, including 1950 when he only played 119 games. Even though his time in Cleveland was short, he still managed to hit 100 home runs for the Indians, one of only 23 players to accomplish that feat.

Gordon was also a successful manager for the Indians, taking over for Kerby Farrell in 1958. Gordon is currently ranked 20th all time in wins by an Indians manager while his winning percentage is ranked 5th. From this, he ranks among the greatest Indians managers all-time in addition to being one of the best hitters. Joe Gordon died in 1978 at the age of 63.

Joe Gordon

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Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since it's inception in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians.

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