George Watkins (baseball)

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George Watkins
Born: (1900-06-04)June 4, 1900
Freestone County, Texas
Died: June 1, 1970(1970-06-01) (aged 69)
Houston, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1930, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1936, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.288
Home runs73
Runs batted in420
Career highlights and awards

George Archibald Watkins (June 4, 1900 – June 1, 1970) was a Major League Baseball player, born in Freestone County, Texas[1] who owns the National League record for the highest batting average in his rookie season, batting .373 in his rookie year of 1930,[2] with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He went on to play until the 1936 season with the New York Giants (1934), the Philadelphia Phillies (1935-1936), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1936), never again posting a batting average over .312.[3] On June 24, 1931, Watkins hit three home runs in one game.

In 894 games played, Watkins compiled a .288 batting average (925-3207) with 490 runs scored, 73 home runs, 420 RBI, a .347 on-base percentage and a .443 slugging percentage in 7 major league seasons. He posted a career .956 fielding percentage. In 9 World Series games, he batted .231 (6-26), scoring 6 runs, with 2 home runs and 3 RBI.


  1. ^ "George Watkins Player page". Sports Illustrated. 2006-09-15. Retrieved 2007-01-04.
  2. ^ "Batting Average Records". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2007-01-04.
  3. ^ "George Watkins Statistics". Retrieved 2007-01-04.

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