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John Anthony Mostil (Bananas)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8½", Weight 168 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

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Chicago native Johnny Mostil got a cup of coffee as a second baseman with the Chicago White Sox in 1918. He returned to the big leagues with the Sox in 1921 and soon became the club's regular centerfielder. He was known for his speed on the basepaths, finishing second in the American League with 41 steals in 1923 and leading the circuit with 43 stolen bases in 1925. In 1926, he hit .328 and again paced the AL with 35 steals while finishing second in the league's Most Valuable Player voting.

During spring training in 1927, Mostil attempted suicide, cutting himself multiple times with a razor blade. He recovered and even played later that season, and was again the regular Sox centerfielder in 1928. After his playing days ended, he went on to a long career as a minor league manager and a scout for the Sox from 1949 to 1968. Soon after retiring, Mostil died in 1970.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Runs Scored Leader (1925)
  • AL Bases on Balls Leader (1925)
  • 2-time AL Stolen Bases Leader: (1925 & 1926)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1925 & 1926)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1933 Eau Claire Cardinals Northern League 52-45 4th none
1934 Eau Claire Bears Northern League 63-58 2nd none
1935 Eau Claire Bears Northern League 54-63 5th none
1936 Eau Claire Bears Northern League 67-52 2nd Boston Red Sox League Champs
1937 Eau Claire Bears Northern League 65-53 3rd Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
1938 Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League 49-66 6th none
1939 Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League 49-68 7th Chicago White Sox
1940 Jonesboro White Sox Northeast Arkansas League 67-54 2nd Chicago White Sox Lost League Finals
1941 Jonesboro White Sox Northeast Arkansas League -- Chicago White Sox -- replaced by William Prince on June 24
Waterloo Hawks Three-I League 5th Chicago White Sox replaced Louis Brower
1942 Waterloo Hawks Three-I League 47-71 5th Chicago White Sox
1946 Waterloo White Hawks Three-I League 62-63 5th Chicago White Sox
1947 Waterloo White Hawks Three-I League Chicago White Sox replaced by Jack Onslow
1948 Superior Blues Northern League 54-67 6th Chicago White Sox
1955 Waterloo White Hawks Three-I League -- Chicago White Sox -- replaced Dutch Dorman June 20
replaced by Willard Marshall June 22
1958 Duluth-Superior White Sox Northern League -- Chicago White Sox -- replaced Joe Hauser on July 6 /
replaced by George Sobek on July 7

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