Milt Stock

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Milton Joseph Stock

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Biographical Information[edit]


"In an otherwise ordinary career, Stock did something extraordinary (in 1925). He had four hits in four consecutive games, a major league record that has stood, unbroken and untied, for 82 years." - from a Los Angeles Times article, May 16, 2007, about Rafael Furcal getting four hits in three straight games

Milt Stock played 14 years in the majors, all in the National League, and later was a minor league manager and major league coach. He led the league in singles twice and sacrifice hits once, and was as high as fifth in the league in batting average.

In 1919, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals and in his first year with them, he played second base and Rogers Hornsby played third. Stock had not previously played second in the majors. The next year, the two switched around and Stock spent the next four years playing third base. When he came to the Brooklyn Robins in 1925, he played second base again. He long was be the only major league player with four or more hits in each of four consecutive games (Rafael Furcal had 3 in row in 2007). His 16 hits in a four-game span stood as a record until Julio Rodríguez went 17 for 22 over four games, all of them with at least four hits, in 2023. Stock retired early in 1926 after being seriously injured in spring training.

After his playing career ended, Milt Stock managed in the minor leagues for many years. He also served as the business manager, secretary, vice-president, or president for many of these teams. He served as president of the Mobile Red Warriors in 1932 and the Quincy Indians in 1933, while not managing. Stock then joined the Chicago Cubs as a coach in 1944 and remained with the club for five seasons. He later spent 1949 and 1950 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers staff and was with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951 and 1952.

Stock was the father-in-law of Eddie Stanky.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL At Bats Leader (1920)
  • 2-time NL Singles Leader (1920 & 1925)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 2 (1920 & 1925)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1926 Mobile Bears Southern Association 31-61 7th none none replaced Duffy Lewis on June 15
1927 Mobile Bears Southern Association 67-87 6th none none
1928 Mobile Bears Southern Association 74-76 4th none none
1929 Dallas Steers Texas League 91-69 3rd none League Champs
1931 Mobile Marines / Knoxville Smokies Southern Association 57-94 7th none none
1934 Beckley Black Knights Middle Atlantic League 65-57 4th Cincinnati Reds
1935 Monessen Reds Pennsylvania State Association 68-39 1st Cincinnati Reds League Champs
1936 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 52-29 2nd Cincinnati Reds replaced Possum Whitted on June 27
1937 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 77-59 2nd none Lost League Finals
1938 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 81-61 2nd none League Champs
1939 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 71-64 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1940 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 84-67 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1941 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 90-50 1st Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals
1942 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 81-57 2nd Chicago Cubs League Champs
1943 Portsmouth Cubs Piedmont League 90-40 1st Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals

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