Sport: Baseball Inducted: 1992 Country: United States Born: March 16, 1904 in Ellisville, Mississippi Died: October 31, 1974
Buddy Myer won the American League Batting Championship in 1935 with a. 349 average. A Major League shortstop and second baseman from 1925 to 1941 with the Washington Senators (mostly) and Boston Red Sox, he owns a .303 lifetime batting average.
Myer was with the Senators for 15 of his 17 big league seasons,
spending 1927-1928 with the Red Sox. He hit .300 or more
nine times during his career, with his lowest full-season
average .279. In 1928, during his stint with Boston, Meyer
won the American League base-stealing title with 30 thefts.
The Senators reacquired Myer for the 1929 season in a trade for five players, converting him from a shortstop to the second base position. In 1935, he set the American League double play record for second basemen with 138 twin killings. That year proved to be his banner season, as he finished fourth in the American League Most Valuable Player balloting, behind winner Hank Greenberg.
Myer was named to the annual All Star Game twice, in 1935 and 1938. His career stats include 2,131 hits in 1,923 games, 353 doubles, 130 triples, 156 stolen bases, and, for a batter who generally hit at the top of the line-up, 850 RBIs.