John Anderson (anderjo01)
John Joseph Anderson
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut September 8, 1894
- Final Game October 2, 1908
- Born December 14, 1873 in Sarpsborg, Norway
- Died July 23, 1949 in Worcester, MA USA
Outfielder/first baseman John Anderson played fourteen years in the majors and was known for his bat and his speed, despite inferior fielding.
Anderson reached the majors with the Brooklyn Grooms in 1894. In 1898, he was traded to the Washington Senators before being returned to Brooklyn late in the season. That year, he led the National League with 22 triples and a .494 slugging average.
After playing for the Milwaukee Brewers when the American League was still a minor league, Anderson remained with the Brewers in 1901 when the circuit attained major league status. He posted his best numbers that year, a .330 average and 99 RBIs. With the Washington Senators in 1906, he led the American League with 39 steals.
Anderson was the first major league player from Norway. He was born in Sarpsborg, near the border with Sweden (John's mother was Swedish). He moved to the United States with his family when he was 8 years old and they settled in Worcester, MA, which had a large Swedish immigrant community at the time.
- NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1898)
- NL Triples Leader (1898)
- AL Stolen Bases Leader (1906)