George Edward Schmees (Rocky)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.
George Schmees was signed as an amateur free agent by the Cincinnati Reds before the 1946 season. The outfielder-first baseman would be in the minors until 1952. George would get his first chance at pro ball with the Ogden Reds of the class C Pioneer League in '46 and have a good opening season, hitting .316 with 10 home runs in 92 games. Then, in an unknown transaction, George was sent to the Brooklyn Dodgers before the 1947 season.
George worked his way up the ladder, having several good seasons, hitting .285 with 22 homers for the Montreal Royals of the International League in 1949. In 1951, with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, he would hit at a .328 clip with 28 home runs and have an even 100 RBIs. All this good work caught the St. Louis Browns' attention and on November 19, 1951 they drafted George from the Dodgers in the 1951 Rule V Draft.
The Browns brought Schmees to the big leagues in 1952 and he got off to a very slow start, hitting just .131 in 34 games. In June of this year, George was selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox. He was still not up to his normal game, hitting poorly, and the Red Sox converted him to pitching, giving him two starts that he gave up just two runs in six innings for a creditable 3.00 ERA with no decisions. This performance, plus his .203 hitting average, would end George's time in the major leagues.
George would return to the minors where he would have two good seasons. The first with the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League in 1954, hitting for a .297 average with 15 round-trippers and the next with the Nashville Volunteers of the Southern Association in 1956, hitting .307 with 22 homers. It seemed that no matter where George landed, they wanted him to take the pitchers mound, which he did, making 19 appearances with no decisions during his minor league run. He finished out his pro baseball career in 1958 at age 33 in the minors with a lifetime .286 hitting average with 169 home runs while appearing in 1,553 games.
See also: Baseball Players of the 1950s