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First baseman Lu Blue played 13 years in the majors and was most noted for being especially good at drawing walks.

Blue broke into professional ball in 1916 and then served in the Army in World War I. He joined the Detroit Tigers in 1921 and was immediately installed at first by manager Ty Cobb. He credited Cobb with improving his hitting, and he hit over .300 in four of his first five seasons with the Tigers. On August 22, 1922, he had five hits in a game.

Cobb left as manager in 1926, and Blue didn't get along with new manager George Moriarty. After the 1927 season he was traded to the St. Louis Browns along with Heinie Manush for three other players. In his first year with the Browns, in 1928, he put up his best power numbers, slugging 14 home runs.

After three seasons in St. Louis, Blue played two years with the Chicago White Sox and a game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He finished his professional career with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League in 1933.

Blue was considered for a several managerial jobs but did not get them. After his playing days, he ran a baseball school and a semi-pro stadium and later was a farmer.

According to the similarity scores method, one of the most similar players to Blue is a fairly recent player, Mike Hargrove, although Hargrove had a higher Adjusted OPS+. His main teammates included Harry Heilmann (3223) and Ty Cobb (2604)

Blue is a member of the Baseball List of Rhyming Names, along with such notables as Don Hahn, Larry Sherry, Paul Schaal, Still Bill Hill, Mark Clark, and Greg Legg.

One source: SABR biography of Lu Blue.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 6 (1921-1923, 1928, 1929 & 1931)

[edit] Related Sites

Lu Blue at the SABR Bio Project

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