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Max George Carey
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Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1961

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[edit] Biographical Information

Bill McKechnie and Dodgers manager Max Carey in 1932 (Brooklyn politician in the middle)

Max Carey's line of .285/.361/.386 isn't too impressive for a Hall of Famer, but three other things need to be considered:

1) Carey was arguably the greatest baserunner in the history of the National League. He won a National League-record 10 stolen base titles (only Rickey Henderson led his league in stolen bases more often). He once scored 5 runs in a game without picking up a hit. He is the all-time NL leader in steals of home with 33 (only Ty Cobb had more in a career). We lack caught stealing data for much of Carey's career, but he still made the Guinness Book of World Records for his 1922 season - 51 steals in 53 tries, a record still unmatched despite much higher steal success rates in later decades. He also once reached base 9 times in a game.

2) Carey was a great defensive center fielder. He ranks among the top 10 all-time in chances per game in the outfield, 7th in outfield assists and 3rd in double plays by an OF (behind only Tris Speaker and Cobb). In 2000, Total Baseball ranked him 16th all-time in fielding wins, regardless of position; among outfielders only Speaker and Richie Ashburn were higher.

3) He spent the bulk of his career in the deadball era, making his stats appear worse in relation to players from higher-offense eras.

Carey had three doubles, a single and a stolen base in the seventh game of the 1925 World Series, off Walter Johnson.

Carey went on the be a Pittsburgh Pirates coach in 1930 and skipper of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932 and 1933. He later was a manager in the AAGPBL, guiding the Milwaukee Chicks to the 1944 title and then served as president of that league. He managed the Fort Wayne Daisies in 1950.

He was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL At Bats Leader (1913 & 1914)
  • NL Runs Scored Leader (1913)
  • 2-time NL Triples Leader (1914 & 1923)
  • 2-time NL Bases on Balls Leader (1918 & 1922)
  • 10-time NL Stolen Bases Leader (1913, 1915-1920 & 1922-1925)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 5 (1912 & 1922-1925)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1922)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 6 (1913, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922 & 1923)
  • Won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1961


Preceded by
Wilbert Robinson
Brooklyn Dodgers Manager
1932-1933
Succeeded by
Casey Stengel

[edit] Records Held

  • Runs, switch hitter, season, 140, 1922
  • Times reached base, extra inning game, 9, July 7, 1922
  • Most times two hits in an inning in a game, twice, June 22, 1925 (tied)

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