George Sisler Net Worth

How much is George Sisler worth?

Net Worth:$50 Million
Profession:Professional Baseball Player
Date of Birth:March 24, 1893
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.8 m

About George Sisler

American professional baseball first baseman and player-manager George Sisler had a net worth of $50 million dollars at the time of his death, in 1973. George Harold Sisler, nicknamed “Gorgeous George”, played in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and Boston Braves. He managed the Browns from 1924 through 1926.
  • Born: March 24, 1893
  • Died: March 26, 1973
  • Hometown: Manchester, Ohio
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 170
  • Bats: Left
  • Throws: Left
  • Family: Wife, Kathleen; sons, Dick, Dave and George Jr.; daughter, Frances
  • Primary position: First baseman

Before the bigs:

  • Was born in a suburb of Akron, Ohio, to parents who were immigrants from Northern Germany in the middle of the 19th century.
  • Was an outstanding pitcher at the University of Michigan, where his manager was Branch Rickey.
  • In 1911, underage and without parental consent, Sisler signed a professional contract. He received no money and did not play in any games while he worked on obtaining a mechanical engineering degree from U-M. The contract was later ruled invalid and Sisler, as a free agent, opted to sign with the St. Louis Browns, where Rickey was the manager.

Career Highlights:

  • Sisler’s 15-year big league career included 12 seasons with the St. Louis Browns, half a season in Washington and 2½ years with Boston. He played in 2,055 games with 9,013 at-bats.
  • Started his major league career as a pitcher, posting a 5-6 record and 2.35 ERA. Among his 24 career mound appearances were two complete-game victories over legendary pitcher Walter Johnson.
  • He is still considered one of the greatest St. Louis Browns players of all time, and one of the greatest first basemen in history.
  • Twice led the American League in batting at .407 (1920) and .420 (1922). He also topped the league in hits those two seasons with 257 and 246,respectively. The 257 hits in 1920 stood as a Major League Baseball record until 2004, when Ichiro Suzuki broke the record with 262 hits.
  • In 1922, he established an American League record by hitting safely in 41 consecutive games. It was a mark that stood until Joe DiMaggio broke it with his 56-game hitting streak in 1941. Sisler’s streak is still the fifth-longest ever.
  • Sisler’s accomplishments in 1922, in which he batted .420, had the 41-game hitting streak and led the American League in hits, stolen bases and triples while ranking among the game’s best defensive first basemen, is considered by many to be among the best individual all-around single-season performances in history.
  • Led the league in stolen bases on four occasions, including a career-best of 51 in 1922. He finished with 375 steals in his career.
  • In 1920, he hit a career-high 19 home runs and led the AL in total bases (399). Sisler never had more than 12 home runs in any other season.
  • From 1920 to 1922, Sisler hit 18 triples each season, the latter two years ranking as the most in the NL. He also scored a league-most 134 runs in 1922.
  • Won the MVP in 1922, gathering 92 percent of the votes.
  • For seven consecutive seasons (1916-22) he was among the top eight batters in average. He finished with a career mark of .340 which ranks as 16 best all-time.
  • In 1923, Sisler suffered a severe attack of sinusitis which caused him double vision and forced him to miss the entire season. He returned in 1924 with a $25,000 contract to serve as player-manager. He never seemed to the same batter after that, though he continued to hit better than .300 in six of his last seven seasons.
  • In a 13-year span from 1916-29), Sisler was listed among the top 10 leaders in singles in each year he played. He led the league in both 1920 and 1922.
  • Six times he ranked among the top 10 leaders in doubles and eight seasons he was in the top 10 for total triples.
  • He finished with 2,812 hits in his 15 years, ranking among the top 10 leaders in all but four seasons, including a top-four finish in nine of those years. He likely would have been included in the 3,000-career hit club had he not missed the 1923 season.
  • Sisler was solid as a defensive first baseman. He ranked among the top five at his position in terms of fielding percentage five times. Eleven seasons he was among the top five first basemen for most putouts. He led the NL in most assists by a first baseman on seven occasions.

After retirement:

  • Was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.
  • About 10 years after he finished his playing career in 1929, Sisler reunited with Rickey to become a special assignment scout and front-office administrator with the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Two of Sisler’s sons, Dick and Dave, were major league players in the 1950s. A third son, George Jr., was a minor league executive and served as president of the International League.
  • The Sporting News named him 33rd on their list of “Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players” in 1999.
  • Sisler was still employed as a scout with the Pirates at the time of his death in 1973 at age 80.

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