Joe “Flash” Gordon was one of the premier 2nd basemen in the American League for 11 years. He played for the Yankees from 1938 through 1946 (missing two seasons to WW2), and the Cleveland Indians from 1947 through 1950. He was an excellent defensive fielder, and in a time when middle infielders were not normally power hitters he slugged 20+ home runs 7 times, and 30+ twice. In his 11 seasons he finished in the Top 10 voting for the league MVP Award 5 times, and in 1942 won the honor with his finest season. Hitting .322 to go along with 18 HRs, 103 RBIs, and a 29 game hitting streak. He was a member of 6 pennant winners and a member of 5 World Championship teams (New York in 1938, ’39, ’41 & ’43, and Cleveland in 1948). During his relatively short career he totaled 1530 hits, 264 doubles, 253 homeruns, 975 RBIs, hit for a .268 average, and was named to 9 AL All-Star squads.
After his playing days he served as manager for the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, K.C. Athletics and in 1969, was the 1st manager in Kansas City Royals history. He was inducted to Cooperstown in 2009 via Veteran’s Committee.
July 24, 2015