George Sisler was undeniably the greatest player in St. Louis Browns history. He also played for the Washington Senators (1928), and the Boston Braves (1928-30) He actually began his career as a pitcher in 1915. He had some initial success, posting a 5-6 record, 2.83 ERA, and twice bested Walter Johnson with complete game wins. Then in 1916, he began to play first base regularly, and quickly established himself as an outstanding defensive first sacker, and one of the premier players in the American League. He was annually among the AL league leaders in many offensive categories. He led the circuit in hits twice, RBIs 4 times, stolen bases 4 times, runs scored 4 times, totaled +200 hits 6 times, and batted +.300 in 13 of his 15 big league seasons. In 1920, he hit .407 and set a major league record with 257 base hits, an all-time mark that would stand for 84 years. In 1922, he had one of the greatest hitting seasons in history when he hit .420, led the AL with 246 hits, 51 SBs, 18 triples, 134 runs scored, had a 41 consecutive game hitting streak, and won the American League’s inaugural MVP Award. He is one of only two players in American League history to have multiple +.400 seasons. His career totals include 2812 hits, 164 triples, 425 doubles, 375 stolen bases, 1284 runs, 1178 RBIs, and a lifetime .340 batting average.
“Gentleman George” Sisler was elected to Cooperstown via BBWAA in 1939.
September 17, 2016