Robert Irving Elliott was an American third baseman and right fielder who played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Braves (1947-1951). He also briefly managed and coached in the Majors. Born in San Francisco, California, the right-handed batting and throwing Elliott stood 6 feet tall and weighed 185 pounds.
Elliott contributed some of the happiest memories to the Braves’ final Boston years, winning the 1947 National League Most Valuable Player Award and earning the nickname “Mr. Team.” The following season, his power hitting helped lift Boston to its second National League pennant of the 20th century, the team’s first in 34 years, and last before relocating to Milwaukee.
He was the second Major League third baseman to have five seasons of 100 runs batted in, joining Pie Traynor, and retired with the highest career slugging average (.440) of any NL third baseman. He also led the National League in assists three times and in putouts and double plays twice each, and ended his career among the NL leaders in games (8th, 1262), assists (7th, 2547), total chances (10th, 4113) and double plays (4th, 231) at third base.
On July 15, 1945, Bob Elliott, a Pittsburgh Pirate, hit for the cycle. After the 1946 season, he was traded to the Braves in a lopsided deal for 37-year-old second baseman Billy Herman, a future member of the Baseball Hall of Fame who was named Pittsburgh’s playing manager for 1947. But Herman was aghast at the cost — Elliott — the Pirates had paid for him. “Why, they’ve gone and traded the whole team on me,” he said. Herman played only 15 more Major League games and the other three players made a total of 127 appearances with the Pirates.
With a friendlier hitting environment at Braves Field, Elliott exceeded the 20 home run mark three times in his five years in Boston, equalling Whitey Kurowski for the most 20-HR seasons by an NL third baseman.
In his 1947 MVP campaign, Elliott did not lead the NL in any offensive category; however, he batted .317 (second in the NL), with 22 home runs and 113 runs batted in, all team highs.
In 1948, when the Braves won the pennant, Elliott batted .283 with 23 homers and 100 RBI and made his sixth All-Star team. He also led the Major Leagues with 131 walks, breaking the club record of 110 set by Billy Hamilton in 1896; it remains the franchise record. Batting cleanup, he hit .333 in the 1948 World Series, which Boston lost in six games to the Cleveland Indians; he had a pair of home runs in his first two at bats in Game 5, an 11-5 victory, and was 3 for 3 with a walk in the final 4-3 loss in Game 6.
Although his numbers declined somewhat after that, Elliott enjoyed productive years from 1949 through 1951, including a season batting .305 with 24 HRs and 107 RBI in 1950, his sixth 100-RBI campaign. He was named to his last All-Star squad in 1951, his final year with Boston. By the early 1950s he had broken Kurowski’s NL record for career home runs at third base, though Eddie Mathews surpassed him within a few seasons.
John Joseph Evers was born on July 21, 1881 and was a second baseman and manager. He played from 1902 through 1917 for the Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies. He also appeared in one game apiece for the Chicago White Sox and Braves while coaching them in 1922 and 1929, respectively.
Evers was born in Troy, New York. After playing for the local minor league baseball team for one season, Frank Selee, manager of the Cubs, purchased Evers’s contract and soon made him his starting second baseman. Evers helped lead the Cubs to four National League pennants, including two World Series championships. The Cubs traded Evers to the Braves in 1914. That season, Evers led the Braves to victory in the World Series, and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Evers continued to play for the Braves and Phillies through 1917. He then became a coach, scout, manager, and general manager in his later career.
Known as one of the smartest ballplayers in MLB, Evers also had a surly temper that he took out on umpires. Evers was a part of a great double-play combination with Joe Tinker and Frank Chance, which was immortalized as “Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance” in the poem “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon”. Evers was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1946.
Evers passed away on March 28, 1947.
It is not all about the facts, but in Baseball we easily focus there. John, inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 26, 2015, had an amazing career.
John also had heart. John gave it everything he could every day. John loves baseball.
So a few of his amazing accomplishments:
On November 17, 1982, Atlanta Braves, Dale Murphy won the National League MVP Award. This is the first Braves player to be so honored since Hank Aaron was in 1957.
The center fielder hit .281 with 36 HR‚ 109 RBI‚ 113 runs‚ and 23 stolen bases.
Quite an accomplishment for Dale and our beloved Atlanta Braves.
Dale Murphy’s number 3 was retired by the Atlanta Braves in 1994. What a glorious day that was.
Murphy finished his career with 398 home runs (19th in MLB history at the time of his retirement) and a .265 lifetime batting average. His MVP awards in 1982 and 1983 make him one of only four outfielders in major league history with consecutive MVP years; at the time, he was the youngest to have accomplished the feat. His many honors also include seven All-Star appearances, five Gold Gloves, and four Silver Sluggers. Murphy led the National League in home runs and RBI twice; he also led the major leagues in home runs and runs batted in over the 10-year span from 1981 to 1990.
One of the most productive and decorated players of the 1980s, Murphy led the National League in games, at bats, runs, hits, extra base hits, RBIs, runs created, total bases, and plate appearances during the decade. He also accomplished a 30-30 (30 home runs with 30 stolen bases) season in 1983. Murphy played in 740 consecutive games, at the time the 11th longest such streak in baseball history. His jersey number (“3”) was retired by the Atlanta Braves on June 13, 1994. In 1997, Murphy was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.
I think you have to love Dale Murphy as an Atlanta Brave. What a career!!
Johnny Sain was born in Havana. It was 1917. OK, it wasn’t Cuba. But today in baseball that wouldn’t be unheard of. It was Arkansas.
He is best known for teaming up with Warren Spahn on the Boston Braves. He was with the Braves from 1946 to 1951.
Here are a couple of quick highlights:
Probably too bad much of his good stuff is lost against the backdrop of Warren Spahn but he was great.
So a little background on Dale (Bryan) Murphy.
There is more but this seems like a good list.