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George F. Gore (Piano Legs)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 195 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Gore's "first venture in professional baseball netted him $10 a week plus board".

Centerfielder George "Piano Legs" Gore played fourteen years in the majors, leading the league in 1880 in batting, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He was among the league leaders in on-base percentage ten different times.

In 1884 he burst past the previous record for walks in a season, 37, and set a new National League record with 61 (Candy Nelson, in the other league, set a record with 74). After Ned Williamson drew 75 walks in 1885, Gore blew past that and set a new major league record for walks with 102 in 1886. It then became common for the league leader to have at least 100 walks.

Gore's obituary in the New York Times indicates that he started his professional career in Fall River, MA, at one time a hotbed of baseball, and earned $1,900 for his first major league season. He was listed as a resident of New York in a 1907 newspaper article, see [1], having worked for the city in various positions.

At the time of his death, he was the only outfielder to get five assists in one game. He also had a share of two other records - stealing seven bases in one game and getting five extra-base hits in one game.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Batting Average Leader (1880)
  • NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1880)
  • NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1880)
  • NL OPS Leader (1880)
  • 2-time NL Runs Scored Leader (1881 & 1882)
  • 3-time NL Bases on Balls Leader (1882, 1884 & 1886)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 7 (1883-1886 & 1889-1891)


Preceded by
Jack Crooks
St. Louis Browns Manager
1892
Succeeded by
Bob Caruthers

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