George Durning

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George Durning
Right fielder
Born: May 9, 1898
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: April 18, 1986
Tampa, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 1925, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1925, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average .357
Hits 5
Runs batted in 1
Teams

George Dewey Durning (May 9, 1898 – April 18, 1986) was a professional baseball player who played for Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies during the 1925 season. He was officially listed as standing 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and 175 pounds (79 kg).[1] In addition to his brief major league career, Durning played four seasons for an assortment of minor league baseball teams.

Before baseball[edit]

George Durning was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 9, 1898.[1]

Major leagues[edit]

Durning began his career at the major league level, debuting with the Phillies on September 12, 1925. He appeared in five major league contests, amassing 14 at-bats in 16 plate appearances. He batted in one run and struck out one time.[2] He also made 11 putouts and notched 2 assists in 4 games in the field, participating in one double play.[3]

Minor leagues[edit]

In the 1926 season, Durning began play for the AA-level Reading Keystones, playing in six games.[4] Durning was recalled to Philadelphia in April 1926,[5] but did not play another game for them.[1][6] Upon moving to the Salisbury Indians of the Class-D Eastern Shore League, he led the team in games played (81), at-bats (320), and hits (106).[7] His .331 batting average was third-highest on the team, and he collected six doubles, one triple, and six home runs.[7] He moved back to the Indians for the 1927 season, batting .299 in a team-leading 89 games. His 103 hits were tied for the team lead (Emmett Athey), as were his two triples; he was second on the squad with 15 home runs and led the team with 17 doubles.[6]

Durning did not play in the 1928 season, but resurfaced with the Cumberland Colts, a Class-C team of the Middle Atlantic League, in 1929. His .329 average that season was second on the Colts to John Byrnes; he led the team with 12 triples and his 15 home runs were second-best behind David Black.[8] He collected 462 at-bats, the highest recorded total of his career.[6] After batting .308 in 78 games in the 1930 season,[9] Durning left professional baseball.[6]

After baseball[edit]

Durning died on April 18, 1986 in Tampa, Florida, aged 87.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "George Durning Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ "1925 Philadelphia Phillies Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "George Durning – Statistics – Batting". Fangraphs. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "George Durning Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Reedy, William T. (April 23, 1926). "Keystones Drop Seventh Straight Game to Bisons Here". The Reading Eagle. p. 20. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "1927 Salisbury Indians Statistics – Minor Leagues". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "1926 Salisbury Indians Statistics – Minor Leagues". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ "1929 Cumberland Colts Statistics – Minor Leagues". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ "1930 Cumberland Colts Statistics – Minor Leagues". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2011.