George Watkins (baseball)
|Born: June 4, 1900|
Freestone County, Texas
|Died: June 1, 1970 (aged 69)|
|April 15, 1930, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1936, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Runs batted in||420|
|Career highlights and awards|
George Archibald Watkins (June 4, 1900 – June 1, 1970) was a Major League Baseball player, born in Freestone County, Texas who owns the National League record for the highest batting average in his rookie season, batting .373 in his rookie year of 1930, 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. 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.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- George Watkins at Find a Grave
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