All-Time Indians: Joe Vosmik

 

Name: Joseph Franklin Vosmik   Position: Left Field        
Tribe Time: 1930-1936           Number: 6          
Accolades: 1935 All-Star, 3rd Place MVP (1935) DOB: 04/04/1910        
Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP
Best Season (1935) 152 620 93 216 47 20 10 110 333 59 30 2 1 67% .408 .537 .348 .945 .189
Career 824 3207 480 1003 206 65 44 556 1471 312 147 17 15 53% .372 .459 .313 .831 .146

Joe Vosmik was one of the greatest Indians left fielders in history, ranking among the top five in career average, RBI and doubles. He did this despite playing in less games than any of the other true greats at the position for the Tribe. In 1931, Vosmik took over the starting left fielder job from Charlie Jamieson, one of the longest tenured players at that position. 

Vosmik was a star immediately, knocking in more than 100 RBI in his first year and another 97 the year after. After a poor  1933 season, Vosmik came back for a strong prime, starting for the AL All-Star team and coming in third in the MVP voting in 1935. He also lead the league that year in hits, doubles and triples, his 20 triples remaining in the top five most ever as an Indian in a single season. 

After another successful season in 1936, Vosmik (along with Oral Hildebrand and Bill Knickerbocker) was traded to the St. Louis Browns for what ended up being a poor return of Ivy Andrews, Lyn Lary and Moose Solters. Vosmik ended up having another three good seasons for the Browns and the Red Sox, before retiring from baseball as a Washington Senator in 1944. He died less than 20 years later in 1962 at the early age of 51.

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