Cecil Travis

Birthdate 08/13/1913
Death Date 12/16/2006
Debut Year 1933
Year of Induction
Teams Senators
Positions Shortstop, Third Base

Cecil Travis was on a path to the Hall before World Ward II. From 1933-41 he hit .327. Then he missed 4 years at war then hit .241 from 1945-47.

In the collection:

Pair of index cards with highlights and HoF thoughs

Pair of index cards with highlights and HoF thoughs

Cecil Travis was one of the best hitting infielders in baseball right up until the start of World War II. From 1933-1941 he averaged .327. His final pre-WWII season was his best as he set career highs in runs, hits, double, triples, homers, RBI, average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and
Cecil Travis signed 3x5 index art card

Cecil Travis signed 3x5 index art card

Largely forgotten today, Cecil Travis was the finest hitting shortstop in the American League until World War II. In fact his .314 career average is still a record for AL shortstops and ranks third all-time at the position behind Honus Wagner (.327) and Arky Vaughan).318). Travis hit .327 before los
Cecil Travis handwritten letter about Bucky Harris

Cecil Travis handwritten letter about Bucky Harris

While with the Senators Cecil Travis played for Hall of Fame manager Bucky Harris. In this letter Travis reflects on the Cooperstown skipper. “He was my second manager with the Washington club. He was a very good manager and I enjoyed for him. All he ask of you was give your best always on the
Cecil Travis writes about teammate Heinie Manush

Cecil Travis writes about teammate Heinie Manush

Heinie Manush was already an established star with the Washington Senators when Cecil Travis broke into the big leagues. Travis debuted in 1933 and hit .302 in 18 games the same season that Manush led the junior circuit in hits and triples while hitting .336. In this letter Travis writes about his f
Cecil Travis writes about his first MLB manager, HoFer Joe Cronin

Cecil Travis writes about his first MLB manager, HoFer Joe Cronin

Cecil Travis broke into the Major Leagues with the Washington Senators in 1933, a season in which skipper Joe Cronin guided them to the American League championship. In this letter from 4/20/87 Travis writes, “Yes I started my Major League career under Joe Cronin. He was a good manager, a fine
Cecil Travis autographed 1941 Playball reprint card

Cecil Travis autographed 1941 Playball reprint card

Most baseball fans can recall the terrific seasons of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio had in 1941. Williams hit .406 while DiMaggio hit in 56 straight games. So which of the two led the American League in hits that year? Neither. Cecil Travis’ 218 hits paced the AL in 1941, his last season befor

2 responses to “Cecil Travis”

  1. Vernon Swygert says:

    Mr. Travis was a family friend. I grew up in Riverdale, GA. I talked with him by phone a few years before he passed. Ted Williams said he had one of the best swings in baseball. Dad played a little bit of pro baseball with the Lookouts. Mr. Travis said Dad had one of the best swings in baseball. Thanks for sharing this page. Great pics! I believe he should be in the HOF.

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