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George Sisler, 1B, St. Louis Browns/Boston Braves
Hal Newhouser, P, Tigers/Indians
Awards: 1922 American League Most Valuable Player
Bio: A sharp batting eye and extraordinary fielding ability at first base led Ty Cobb to call George Sisler "the nearest thing to a perfect ballplayer." The owner of an engineering degree, Sisler was one of baseball's most intelligent and graceful players, starring predominantly for the St. Louis Browns. He won two batting titles, hitting over .400 both times, and amassed an astounding total of 257 hits in 1920, a record that stood for 84 years until surpassed by Ichiro Suzuki in 2004. He had a 41-game hitting streak in 1922, hit .300 or better 13 times and had a sizzling .340 lifetime batting average.
"One of the very greatest who ever lived. Golly, he hit like blazes: .407 one year and .420 another. He was unbelievable with that bat. Really, you had to see it to believe it."
— Jimmy Austin
Did You Know... that George Sisler began his big league career as a pitcher, and once, during his rookie season, defeated future Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson?
Post-Season: 1945 World Series, 1954 World Series
Awards: All-Star (7): 1942-1948; Most Valuable Player of the American League in both 1944 and 1945
"Prince Hal" Newhouser won back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards (1944-1945), and with his blazing fastball, he became a strikeout king. Over 17 campaigns, 15 with Detroit, he won 207 games. From 1944 to 1946, he recorded win totals of 29, 25 and 26, consecutively, with annual ERAs of 2.22, 1.81 and 1.94, respectively. Newhouser hurled the pennant clincher for the Tigers in 1945 and followed with two World Series victories over the Chicago Cubs.
"Every time he walks to that mound, you know you'll get a good-pitched game."
— Bobo Newsom