Heinie Manush spent just 2 seasons in the Minor Leagues before breaking into the Major Leagues with the 1923 Detroit Tigers. That first season with the Tigers Manush got into 109 games and hit .334 as their fourth outfielder. The Detroit starting outfield boasted 2 HOF players in Cobb and Heilmann and a young Bobby Veach as well. That was pretty stiff competition for a 21-year old rookie. Manush would go on to lead the Majors in 1926 with a .378 batting average. But after an off year (.298) he would be traded to the St. Louis Browns. With the Browns for the next 3 seasons he would average over .350. During the 1930 season the Browns would trade Manush to the Washington Senators. It was with the Senators that Manush had his greatest success as an important cog in the Washington machine that won the 1933 American League pennant and was the last Washington team to participate in the World Series. He stayed with them until the 1935 season, after which he moved around the leagues a bit until finally calling it a career with the Pirates in 1939. His career batting average stood at .330 with 2524 hits.
August 10, 2010