Tris Speaker

Baseball Player Tris Speaker

Profession: Baseball Player

United States of America

Biography: Tris Speaker was an American baseball player who is regarded as one of the sport's all-time greatest players. He holds the record for career doubles, as well as records as an outfielder for assists, double plays, and unassisted double plays.

Speaker debuted with the Boston Red Sox in 1907 and quickly became a regular, later leading the Red Sox to World Series championships in 1912 and 1915.

When Speaker was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1916, he served there as player-manager and led that team to its first World Series win. Subsequently Speaker played for the Washington Senators (1927) and Philadelphia Athletics (1928).

After his Major League Baseball career ended, Speaker worked in the minor leagues as a manager and was part-owner of the Kansas City Blues.

Born: April 4, 1888
Birthplace: Hubbard, Texas, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aries

Died: December 8, 1958 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1912-10-15 Red Sox Tris Speaker's makes only world series unassisted double play, from the outfield
  • 1918-04-18 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
  • 1918-04-29 Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays
  • 1918-08-28 Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly
  • 1920-07-10 Cleveland's future Baseball HOF outfielder Tris Speaker has his then record hitting streak of 11 stopped by Tom Zachary; Indians beat Washington Senators, 8-4 at Griffith Stadium
  • 1925-05-17 Cleveland Indian Tris Speaker gets his 3,000th hit
  • 1925-07-17 Tris Speaker, is 5th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1925-10-04 Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit's doubleheader sweep over St Louis Browns, 10-4 and 11-6, to edge teammate Tris Speaker for AL batting crown, .393 to .389; Ty Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time
  • 1926-08-11 Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF outfielder Tris Speaker hits his 700th double in 7-2 loss to Chicago White Sox at Dunn Field, Cleveland
  • 1926-11-29 Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager
  • 1937-01-19 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1962-09-02 St. Louis 1st baseman Stan Musial's records his 3,516th hit in Cards' 4-3 loss v NY Mets; overtakes Tris Speaker into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb on the MLB all-time list

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