Freddie Lindstrom

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Frederick Charles Lindstrom
born Frederick Anthony Lindstrom

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1976

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"My greatest thrill? That's easy. It came the day Mr. McGraw named his 20 all-time players. I'm ninth on that list and that is thrill enough to last me a lifetime." - Freddie Lindstrom.

Freddie Lindstrom is generally considered one of the worst selections that the Hall of Fame has made. In BBWAA voting, he never got as much as 5% of the vote, but he was eventually selected by the Veterans Committee in 1976. That said, he was a decent enough player, which got attention since third basemen of his era were rarely very good (he also played many games in the outfield during the second half of his career due to back injuries which prevented him from playing third). He hit .311 in a thirteen-year career, and the Hall was formerly very focused on high batting averages.

Lindstrom played most of his career with the high-profile New York Giants, coming up originally at age 18 on the 1924 Giants team that won the pennant. That October, he became the youngest player ever to appear in a World Series (a title he still holds). He starred for the Giants in the Series, getting ten hits (including four off Walter Johnson) as the team's regular third baseman, but it wasn't enough, as the Washington Senators won the World Championship in seven games.

Lindstrom quickly became a favorite of Giants fans, and he hit over .300 for six straight years, from 1926 to 1931. In 1928, he was second in the MVP voting, finishing close behind Jim Bottomley. Two years later, he put up his best numbers, hitting .379 with a career-high 22 home runs. That year he set an all-time record for the best batting average with runners in scoring position, going 59-for-123 in those situations, for an average of .480. His outspoken disappointment when his friend and fellow Hall-of-Famer Bill Terry was named McGraw's successor instead of him led to his trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the 1932 season.

During his Pirates career, in 1934, Lindstrom helped out a young Red Barber who was struggling to succeed as an announcer. The next year, 1925, he played on the pennant-winning Chicago Cubs.

After his playing days, Lindstrom managed in the minors in the early 1940s. He was later baseball coach at Northwestern University from 1949 to 1961 and also postmaster of Evanston, Illinois, after that. His son, Chuck Lindstrom, played one game in the majors.

He hit .316 in a brief set of appearances with Toledo at age 16 in 1922.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Hits Leader (1928)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1930)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1928 & 1930)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1927 & 1930)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 2 (1928 & 1930)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1976

Records Held[edit]

  • Hits, doubleheader, 9, 6/25/28 (tied)

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