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Note: This page links to Hall of Fame outfielder Earl Averill. For his son who played from 1956 to 1963, click here.
Howard Earl Averill
(Rock, the Earl of Snohomish)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9½", Weight 172 lb.
- Debut April 16, 1929
- Final Game April 25, 1941
- Born May 21, 1902 in Snohomish, WA USA
- Died August 16, 1983 in Everett, WA USA
 Biographical Information
After playing for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League from 1926 to 1928, Averill was purchased by the Indians for $50,000 prior to the 1929 campaign. Breaking into the majors a month before his 27th birthday, he homered in his first big league at bat on April 16th and quickly became a regular with the team. He went on to be the only outfielder selected to the first six All-Star Games, from 1933 to 1938, but during his time in Cleveland, the team never finished higher than third.
In 1937, Averill began to be slowed by a back injury, and he was traded to the Detroit Tigers in the middle of the 1939 season. The following season his playing time was limited, but the Tigers reached the World Series. In the seven-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, the 38-year-old Averill went 0-for-3 in three pinch-hit attempts as the Tigers lost the series in seven games. Averill retired in 1941 after struggling in April with the Boston Braves.
Despite having a relatively short career, Averill still finished his career with over 2,000 base hits. He remains the all-time Indian leader in total bases, runs batted in, runs, and triples. He also remains 3rd in all-time Indian hits and doubles, and 4th in all-time Indian home runs and walks. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on February 3, 1975 by the Committee on Baseball Veterans.
Following his baseball days, Averill returned to his Washington hometown where he owned and operated a motel for twenty years. He died of pneumonia at age 81.
Averill's son, Earl Douglas Averill, knocked about the Majors from 1956 until 1963. Earl Jr. was mainly a catcher but also played left field and a few games at third, second, and first. Bob Feller played with both Earl Averills with the Indians.
 Notable Achievements
- 6-time AL All-Star (1933-1938)
- AL At-Bats Leader (1931)
- AL Hits Leader (1936)
- AL Triples Leader (1936)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (1931, 1932, 1934, 1936 & 1937)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1931, 1932 & 1934)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 5 (1930-1932, 1934 & 1936)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 9 (1929-1932 & 1934-1938)
- 200 Hits Seasons: 2 (1931 & 1936)
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1975