Monday, February 8, 2016

MAJOR LEAGUE FOUNDERS: GEORGE HALL 1876-1976

Next up in my “100th Anniversary of the Major Leagues” 1976 sub-set is former outfielder George Hall, who suited up for Philadelphia in the inaugural 1876 season:


Hall not only put up nice numbers during the National Association days between 1871 and 1875, with batting averages of .336 and .345 in ‘72 and ‘73 respectively, but he was also an important member of the National Association of Base Ball Players between 1866 and 1870, playing for four Brooklyn clubs: the Enterprise, the Excelsiors, the Stars and the Atlantics.
In 1876, with the new league formed, Hall led his Philly team in almost all batting categories, including average with a .366 showing, and home runs with five, two of which he hit in the same day, becoming the first player in league history to do so.
After another very good season the following year for Louisville in 1877, it was discovered that he and three others threw some games the previous season, which Hall felt were innocent actions since the games were “exhibitions”.
Nevertheless, for these acts he and the others were banned for life, ending his seven-year career on the spot.
He left the game with a .322 lifetime average, and his five homers would stand as the league high for a season until 1879 when Charley Jones hit nine.

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