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Johnny Bassler

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John Landis Bassler

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Johnny Bassler was a high average hitter with the Detroit Tigers throughout the 1920s. Johnny also had a selective batting approach, allowing him to finish his big league career with a .304 batting average and .416 on-base percentage. One thing Johnny lacked was power - his lone big league homer in 2,863 plate appearances came on July 23, 1924 off of the New York Yankees' Bob Shawkey.

Johnny was a minor league star before and after his stay in the majors, hitting for a .314 career average over 16 seasons spent mainly in the Pacific Coast League. Johnny played until age 42, wrapping up his career as player-manager for the Seattle Indians in 1937. After his playing career ended, Johnny remained in the game and was a coach for the Cleveland Indians (1938-1940) and St. Louis Browns (1941). In 1943 Bassler was elected to the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

His main teammates included Harry Heilmann (2935) and Ty Cobb (2221).

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1937 Seattle Indians Pacific Coast League 61-69 6th Replaced Spencer Abbott (20-27). Team record 81-96

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