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Clifford Earl Torgeson
(The Earl Of Snohomish)

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[edit] Biographical Information

A much underrated player, long and lithe Earl Torgeson played 15 major league seasons. Torgeson was a complete player - an excellent fielder, a speedy baserunner, and a good, solid batsman with an eagle eye. Earlier in his career (when base-stealing was not emphasized), he stole 19 and 20 bases and finished with 133 during his career. In his 15-year big league career, he also compiled a terrific career on-base percentage of .385.

He appeared in the 1948 World Series as a member of the Boston Braves and the 1959 World Series as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Neither team won the series.

Torgeson played for the minor league Seattle Rainiers in 1942 and 1946, missing the 1943-1945 seasons due to military service. He played in the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League, according to the Los Angeles Times of December 19, 1946.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Runs Scored Leader (1950)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1950 & 1951)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1950)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Bruce Jacobs, ed. :"Boston's Hard-Hitting Humorist", Sport Life, Volume 3, Number 2, October 1949.
  • Harry T. Paxton: "The Jesting First Baseman of Boston", Saturday Evening Post, Volume 223, Number 48, May 26, 1951, pp. 27-31.
  • Linda Shaw: "Earl Torgeson, Major League and Former County Commissioner", The Seattle Times, November 10, 1990, pp. C10-. [1]
  • Earl Torgeson (as told to Bill Schaefer): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, January 1978, pp. 84-86.

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