For the minor leaguers named John Stone, see: John Stone (minors)
John Thomas Stone (Rocky)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 178 lb.
- School Maryville College
- Debut August 31, 1928
- Final Game June 17, 1938
- Born October 10, 1905 in Lynchburg, TN USA
- Died November 30, 1955 in Shelbyville, TN USA
Outfielder John Stone played 11 seasons in the American League, posting a career batting average of .310.
Stone was born in Lynchburg, TN, in south-central Tennessee. He attended Maryville College, near Knoxville, TN, and is one of three players from the 1920's there who came to the majors. He was there from 1925-28.
John went into the minors in 1928, hitting .354 in 75 games. He came up to the 1928 Tigers, and in 28 games hit .354 for them also.
In spite of that great season, he spent some of 1929 back in the minors, hitting .329 in 79 games for Toronto. In his 51 games with the 1929 Tigers, he hit .260.
Stone became an everyday player with the 1930 Tigers, and was to hold that job for four years. His .327 batting average in 1931 was tenth-best in the league, and in 1932 his 17 HR and 108 RBI iwere also tenth-best in the league.
After the 1933 season he was traded for Goose Goslin. Goslin had been 32 that year, while Stone was 27. Stone was a regular outfielder for four seasons for the Washington Senators, having some of his best seasons with them. In his best season, 1936, John hit .341 (tenth in the league) with a .545 SLG (eighth in the league). The previous season, with the 1935 Washington Senators, he had been second in the league with 18 triples.
Stone tailed off in 1938, at age 32, and his major league career was done. Sources say he came down with tuberculosis in 1938.
After his playing days ended, he scouted and was in milk-processing and distribution. He died at age 50.
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1932)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1932)