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George Washington Case, Jr.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Speedy outfielder George Case played eleven seasons in the majors and led the American League in stolen bases in six of them.

The most famous of the major leaguers named after President George Washington, Case began his pro career in 1936 and was in the majors with the Washington Senators the following year at age 21. He stole 51 bases in 1939 to lead the AL for the first time in his career and earned a spot on the All-Star team. He had his finest year at the plate in 1942, hitting .320 while stealing 44 bases and scoring 101 times. The next summer, he posted a career-best 61 steals while leading the AL with 102 runs scored.

Following the 1945 season, Case was dealt to the Cleveland Indians for Jeff Heath. He led the league in stolen bases for the final time in 1946 with 28. Traded back to Washington after one year with Cleveland, he appeared in just 36 games in 1947 before his career was ended by injuries.

In 1946, Case's speed was matched up against that of Jesse Owens in a race. Both were perhaps a bit past their prime at the time, but Owens beat Case by a small margin.

After his playing days ended, Case coached at Rutgers University from 1950 to 1960. He was then a member of the Washington Senators coaching staff from 1961 to 1963 and the Minnesota Twins first base coach in 1968.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 4-time AL All-Star (1939 & 1943-1945)
  • AL Runs Scored Leader (1943)
  • 6-time AL Stolen Bases Leader (1939-1943 & 1946)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1939, 1940, 1942 & 1943)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons; 2 (1939 & 1943)

[edit] Records Held

  • Hits, doubleheader, 9, 7/4/40 (tied)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1965 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 75-72 6th (t) Washington Senators
1966 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 63-84 10th Washington Senators
1967 York White Roses Eastern League 26-51 8th Washington Senators Replaced Billy Klaus (17-44) on June 27
1969 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 52-27 1st New York Yankees none League Champions
1970 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 41-28 2nd New York Yankees
1971 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 45-23 1st New York Yankees none League Champions
1972 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 45-25 2nd New York Yankees

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