Milt Stock

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Milt Stock
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Third baseman
Born: (1893-07-11)July 11, 1893
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: July 16, 1977(1977-07-16) (aged 84)
Fairhope, Alabama, U.S.
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 29, 1913 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
April 16, 1926 for the Brooklyn Robins
Career statistics
Batting average .289
Home runs 22
Hits 1806
Stolen bases 155
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Led the league in games played in 1920 (155)
  • Led the league in at-bats in 1920 (639)
  • Had four hits in four consecutive games, June 30-July 1, 1925

Milton Joseph "Milt" Stock (July 11, 1893 – July 16, 1977) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball from 1913 through 1926. The native of Chicago, Illinois, would play for the New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Robins and St. Louis Cardinals. Over 14 MLB seasons, he played in 1,628 games and amassed 1,806 hits, with a .289 lifetime batting average and 155 stolen bases. Stock stood 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall, weighed 154 pounds (70 kg) and threw and batted right-handed.

Stock is believed to be the only Major League player to get four hits in each of four consecutive games. (Rafael Furcal of the Los Angeles Dodgers was last with three consecutive four-hit games in 2007). Stock was seriously injured in a collision with Lou Gehrig in spring training in 1926, and retired early in season.[citation needed]

Minor league manager, Major League coach[edit]

He remained in the game, however, as a minor league manager and executive. Then, from 1944 through 1952, Stock coached in the National League for the Chicago Cubs (1944–48), Brooklyn Dodgers (1949–50) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1951–52).[citation needed]

His tenure as third-base coach in Brooklyn ended in controversy when Stock was blamed for sending home runner Cal Abrams with the potential winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the final game of the 1950 season. The Dodgers trailed the Phillies by one game in the standings and needed to win the season's last game, against Philadelphia at Ebbets Field, to force a best-of-three playoff series. With the score tied at one in the bottom of the ninth, Abrams was on second base with none out when Duke Snider singled sharply to center field.[citation needed]

Stock was criticized for not holding Abrams at third base on the hit. Instead, Abrams was easily thrown out at home by Phils' centerfielder Richie Ashburn, the Dodgers squandered their scoring opportunity, the game went into extra innings, and Philadelphia won the game and the National League championship in the tenth inning on a three-run home run by Dick Sisler.

Stock settled in the Mobile, Alabama, area after playing minor league baseball there in 1913. He was the father-in-law of Eddie Stanky, the longtime MLB second baseman and manager, who played under Stock in the Cub farm system. He died in Fairhope, Alabama, at the age of 84, and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery of Mobile.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Milt Stock profile, Find-a-Grave; accessed May 19, 2014.

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