Max Carey

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Max Carey
Max Carey (1912 baseball card).jpg
Born: (1890-01-11)January 11, 1890
Terre Haute, Indiana
Died: May 30, 1976(1976-05-30) (aged 86)
Miami, Florida
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 3, 1910 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1929 for the Brooklyn Robins
Career statistics
Batting average .285
Hits 2,665
Stolen bases 738

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
  • World Series Champion: 1925
  • Managerial record: 146-161
  • 9th-most stolen bases in Major League history (738)
  • 10-time National League stolen base leader
  • 2-time National League walk leader
  • 6 seasons with a .300+ batting average
  • 5 seasons with 100+ runs scored
Induction 1961
Election Method Veteran's Committee

Max George Carey (January 11, 1890 – May 30, 1976) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961. During his 20-year career, he led the league in stolen bases ten times and finished with 738 swipes, a National League record until 1974 and still the 9th-highest total in major league history.

Professional career[edit]

Max Carey was born as Maximillian George Carnarius in Terre Haute, Indiana.[1] He first adopted the name Max Carey when he played his first professional baseball game in order to retain his amateur status at Concordia College; the name would stick with him for his entire career.

Carey played for the Pirates from his arrival in the league in 1910 until 1926, winning a World Series championship in 1925. He was known as a skilled fielder and excellent base stealer. He regularly stole 40 or more bases and maintained a favorable steal percentage; in 1922 he stole 51 bases and was caught only twice. He also stole home 33 times in his career, second best only to Ty Cobb's 50 on the all-time list.

Carey (right), and Boston's Bill McKechnie watch as John H. McCooey throws out the first ball of Brooklyn's 1932 season

Carey played his final three and a half years with the Brooklyn Robins, but was aging and no longer the same player. He retired in 1929, but went on to manage the Dodgers from 1932 to 1933, as well as the Milwaukee Chicks and the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

He died at age 86 in Miami, Florida, and is buried in Woodlawn Park Cemetery and Mausoleum (now Caballero Rivero Woodlawn North Park Cemetery and Mausoleum).

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