Irish Meusel

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Irish Meusel
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Left fielder
Born: (1893-06-09)June 9, 1893
Oakland, California
Died: March 1, 1963(1963-03-01) (aged 69)
Long Beach, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 1, 1914, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
July 22, 1927, for the Brooklyn Robins
MLB statistics
Batting average.310
Home runs106
Runs batted in819
Career highlights and awards

Emil Frederick "Irish" Meusel (June 9, 1893 – March 1, 1963) was an American baseball left fielder.

He was first signed with the Washington Senators in 1914 and played one game. After a tour in the minor league, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1918. He played four years for the Phillies, averaging over .300 in three of those years.

Midway through the 1921 season, he was traded to the New York Giants. His subsequent play helped the Giants erase a 7½-game deficit to edge out the Pittsburgh Pirates and claim the pennant. He finished the year with a career-best .343 batting average. The Giants went on to win the 1921 World Series over the New York Yankees. His brother, Bob Meusel, played for the Yankees.

He appeared in four consecutive World Series for the Giants: 1921, 1922, 1923, and 1924.

In 1922, Meusel compiled 204 hits and was second in the league with 132 RBIs, both career highs. In 1923, he led the National League with 125 RBIs while scoring a career-high 102 runs. In 1925 he batted .328 with 111 RBIs and 21 home runs, a personal best. His career average is .310 with 819 RBIs. His final year was with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1927.

In 1289 games over 11 seasons, Meusel posted a .310 batting average (1521-for-4900) with 701 runs, 250 doubles, 93 triples, 106 home runs, 819 RBI, 113 stolen bases, 269 bases on balls, .348 on-base percentage and .464 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .959 fielding percentage playing at all three outfield positions and first and second base. In 23 World Series games from 1921-'24, Meusel hit .276 (24-for-87) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 17 RBI and 4 walks.

He died on March 1, 1963.

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