Duffy Lewis

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Duffy Lewis
Duffy Lewis Baseball.jpg
Left fielder
Born: (1888-04-18)April 18, 1888
San Francisco, California
Died: June 17, 1979(1979-06-17) (aged 91)
Salem, New Hampshire
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1910, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
June 6, 1921, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.284
Home runs38
Runs batted in793
Career highlights and awards

George Edward "Duffy" Lewis (April 18, 1888 – June 17, 1979), born in San Francisco, California, was a left fielder and right-handed batter who played Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1910–17), New York Yankees (1919–20) and Washington Senators (1921). Lewis attended Saint Mary's College of California.


Duffy Lewis, Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper — Boston's famous "Million-Dollar Outfield"

In Boston, Lewis belonged to the outfield trio which included Tris Speaker (CF) and Harry Hooper (RF) and is considered perhaps the best ever in fielding skill. At bat, Lewis was a renowned line-drive hitter who consistently finished in the top ten in most offensive categories despite a short career which was interrupted by World War I (Duffy served as a petty officer in the US Navy).[1]

In 11 seasons, Lewis batted .284 with 38 home runs, 793 RBI, 612 runs, 1,518 hits, 289 doubles, 68 triples, and 113 stolen bases in 1,459 games. In three World Series covering 18 games for the Red Sox, Lewis posted a .299 average (20-for-67) with 8 runs, 1 home run and 7 RBI.

During his tenure in Boston patrolling left field, Fenway Park featured a ten-foot-high mound that formed an incline in front of the left field wall, now better known as the Green Monster. The young outfielder mastered the incline to such an extent that it was nicknamed "Duffy's Cliff".[2] Sports cartoons of the period often depicted him as a mountain climber making catches amid sheep and snowcaps. The mound was eventually reduced in 1934, long after Lewis had left the Sox, and was not completely eliminated until the field underwent a major renovation following the 2004 season.

Duffy Lewis died in Salem, New Hampshire at 91 years of age. He was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.


  1. ^ "Through the camera's eye". Evening Star. Washington, D.C. April 14, 1918. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Dickson, Paul (1989). The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. United States: Facts on File. p. 140. ISBN 0816017417.

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