All-Time Indians: Tris Speaker

Name: Tristram E. Speaker   Position: CF/Manager              
Nick Name: The Grey Eagle                      
Tribe Time: 1916-26/1919-26   DOB: 04/04/1888              
Accolades: Hall of Fame (1937)            
Best Season (1923) 150 574 133 218 59 11 17 130 350 93 15 8 .469 .610 .380 1.079 .230
Career 1519 5546 1079 1965 486 108 73 884 2886 857 146 151 .432 .520 .354 .952 .166
As Manager W L W%                            
Career 617 520 0.543                            

The greatest doubles hitter in Major League history, Tris Speaker, was inducted into Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame as a member of the Cleveland Indians. The Grey Eagle had his most successful seasons as a member of the Tribe, after garnering over 1,300 hits during his 9 years with the Boston Red Sox. In 1920, Speaker was the Indians player/manager and guided the team to it's first World Series championship. His 617 wins over eight seasons as manager remain the third most in Indians history. While each of the top three managers have taken the Indians to the World Series, only Speaker and Lou Boudreau have won it for the Tribe.

As an Indian Speaker lead the AL in hits and batting average, OBP and SLG in 1916 and in doubles six times over eleven years. Speaker also impressed on a single season basis, showing that his numbers were not just the result of a long career. He still holds three of the top five single season double totals and two of the top five best batting averages. He hit over .380 four times while with the Tribe and only batted under .300 during two seasons.

Although his most impressive stat is his amazing accumulation of doubles, Speaker was also impressive in many other categories. He is second all time as an Indian in career batting average, behind only Shoeless Joe Jackson, who he also trails in the all MLB rankings where he is sixth all time. Speaker ranks among the top five Indians in games played, runs, hits, triples, runs batted in, total bases, walks and OBP. He is in the top ten in at bats, steals and slugging percent.  Tris Speaker is a member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame (class of 1951) and was voted into baseball's Hall of Fame in just his second year of eligibility with fellow Tribesmen, Napoleon Lajoie and Cy Young. Tris Speaker died in 1958.

Tris Speaker

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