Lefty O’Doul

Lefty O'Doul
Birthdate 03/04/1897
Death Date 12/07/1969
Debut Year 1919
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Giants, Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees
Positions Left Field, Pitcher

Lefty O’Doul tallied a still-standing NL record 254 hits in 1929; he retired with a .349 average yet remains outside of Cooperstown.

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Lefty O'Doul's lifetime average of .349 is surpassed only by Cobb, Hornsby, and Shoeless Joe

Lefty O'Doul's lifetime average of .349 is surpassed only by Cobb, Hornsby, and Shoeless Joe

A two-time batting champ, Lefty O’Doul played in the first All Star game and retired with a .349 average. That mark us surpassed only by Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, and Shoeless Joe Jackson. In 1929 O’Doul set a still-standing NL record by tallying 254 base hits. That season he hit .398 and
William Frawley (Fred Mertz) was a baseball fanatic

William Frawley (Fred Mertz) was a baseball fanatic

William Frawley is best known for portraying Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. Away from the set, Frawley was a baseball fanatic. In fact he insisted on a unique clause in his I Love Lucy contract: If his beloved New York Yankees made it to the World Series, he would be given time off in October for the World Series. This clause came into play seven times
O'Doul was loved in the Bay Area for his work in the PCL

O'Doul was loved in the Bay Area for his work in the PCL

The telegram from William Frawley to Lefty O’Doul was sent for a very special occasion. After O’Doul was let go as the skipper of the Pacific Coast League’s San Francisco Seals, there was a breakfast held in his honor. The image above is from the front page of the Chronicle the day after the breakfast. The headline says, ” ‘Thanks, S.F.,’ says O’Doul”.

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