John Landis Bassler
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 170 lb.
- Debut July 11, 1913
- Final Game September 30, 1927
- Born June 3, 1895 in Mechanics Grove, PA USA
- Died June 29, 1979 in Santa Monica, CA USA
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.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1937||Seattle Indians||Pacific Coast League||61-69||6th||Replaced Spencer Abbott (20-27). Team record 81-96|