Joining the Cleveland Indians in 1929, Earl Averill would become a mainstay in the Cleveland outfield for the next decade. A consistent offensive force, he hit better than .300 eight times, including the first six seasons he played. He would hit more than 30 home runs three times and regularly hit 35-40 doubles as well as 10+ triples for the first ten years of his career. A six time All Star, he was also an MVP top-ten vote-getter four times. A back injury slowed his final years, which resulted in a mid-season trade to the Detroit Tigers in 1939. He managed to hang on for one more season, appearing in 64 games in 1940, but after a brief stay with the Boston Braves at the beginning of the 1941 season, he retired with a lifetime batting average of .318.
May 3, 2015