Earl Averill, Jr.

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Earl Averill
Catcher
Born: (1931-09-09) September 9, 1931 (age 83)
Cleveland, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1956 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1963 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average .242
Hits 249
Home runs 44
Teams

Earl Douglas Averill, Jr. (September 9, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former professional baseball player who played catcher in the Major Leagues from 1956 to 1963. He played for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cleveland Indians.

Averill was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, Earl Averill, is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played college baseball for the University of Oregon from 1951 to 1953, and while a sophomore had a .439 batting average Averill was Oregon's first All-American in baseball, and was named to Oregon's Hall of Fame in 1997.[1] He signed with the Cleveland Indians as a free agent after his college career ended, and began his professional career in 1953 with the Reading Indians, who he played with for two seasons. In 1955, he played for the Indianapolis Indians and Nashville Volunteers. He spent 22 games with Indianapolis in 1956 and had a .241 batting average, but was promoted to the main roster that year and made his Major League debut on April 19.[2]

After playing in 42 games with the Indians in 1956, Averill spent 1957 and 1958 with the San Diego Padres, where he had his best seasons in the minors. In 1957, he had 19 home runs and 67 runs batted in in 119 games, and he followed that up in 1958 with a .347 batting average, 24 home runs, and 87 runs batted in in 112 games.[2] He was brought back up to the Indians for 17 games, then was traded to the Chicago Cubs with Morrie Martin for Jim Bolger and John Briggs. He spent a season and a half with the Cubs, then was traded to the Milwaukee Braves for Al Heist. After a month of not appearing in a game, he was traded to the White Sox and finished 1960 with them, only to be selected that December by the Los Angeles Angels in the 1960 Major League Baseball expansion draft.[3]

Averill had his best season in 1961 with the Angels. In 115 games, he had a .266 batting average and 21 home runs.[3] The following year, Averill set an MLB record that he shares with Piggy Ward. He had the most consecutive plate appearances reaching a base with 17, which he did from June 3 to June 10, 1962.[4] He ended that season with a .219 batting average in 92 games, then was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jacke Davis. After 47 games with the Phillies, Averill was sent back to the minors, and spent two more seasons with the minor leagues before retiring.[3]

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  1. ^ "Earl Averill Jr. - University of Oregon Hall of Fame". University of Oregon. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Earl Averill Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Earl Averill Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ Snyder, John (2010). Angels Journal: Year by Year and Day by Day with the Los Angeles Angels Since 1961. Clerisy Press. p. 27. ISBN 9781578603886. 

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