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Lance Clayton Richbourg

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Lance Richbourg had his best major league season in 1928 with the Boston Braves when he was in the top ten in the National League in several batting categories. Although he played most of his major league career for the Braves, early in his career he was on the World Series champion Washington Senators in 1924, and at the end of his career he was on the pennant-winning Chicago Cubs in 1932.

Richbourg was part of trades for Casey Stengel in 1921 and for Babe Herman in 1932.

In his best year as a hitter, 1928, he had the third highest slugging average on the Braves, behind Rogers Hornsby and George Sisler. His batting average that year was seventh in the league, not far behind Sisler, who was fourth in the league. He was also among the league leaders a couple of times apiece in stolen bases and triples during the period 1927-1930.

In 1947 he was owner of the semi-pro Crestview Packers in the Interstate League.

He was the first player from the University of Florida to make the majors. BaseballLibrary.com states that the New York Giants did training in Gainesville, FL and Lance came to their attention while in college.

His son, also named Lance Richbourg, is an artist.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1928)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1934 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 32-34 2nd New York Giants Lost League Finals replaced Charlie Dressen (55-31)
1935 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association -- New York Giants -- replaced Frank Brazill
replaced by Johnny Butler
1936 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 86-65 2nd New York Giants
1937 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 80-73 5th none
1938 Richmond Colts Piedmont League 66-72 5th New York Giants
1939 Richmond Colts Piedmont League 70-71 4th none Lost in 1st round
1940 Ft. Pierce Bombers Florida East Coast League -- none -- replaced by Ray Phelps
Bristol Twins Appalachian League 4th none Lost in 1st round replaced Tim Murchison
1941 Tallahassee Capitols Georgia-Florida League 47-86 8th none

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