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Born: November 20, 1880 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died: July 2, 1973 (aged 92) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Weight: 170 lbs.
Position: Shortstop / Manager / Coach
Milwaukee Brewers (1901)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1905)
St. Louis Cardinals (1905–1906)
Washington Senators (1908–1920)
Washington Senators (1921)
Detroit Tigers (1925–1926, 1929)
After stints in semi-pro ball, George Florian “Pinch” McBride joined the Pirates in 1905 but was traded mid-season to the Cardinals. He did not become a regular starter until the 1908 season, when he joined the Senators and became their everyday shortstop. He never hit for a high average (his best season was in 1911 when he hit .235 with 11 doubles and 4 triples), but was very talented with the glove, leading the American League in fielding for four straight seasons (1912 – 1915). He was given the nickname “Pinch” for his ability to hit in the clutch.
Like his contemporary in the National League, Mickey Doolan, George McBride was the prototypical “good-field, no-hit” shortstop during the Deadball Era. Widely viewed as the best defensive shortstop in his league, McBride struggled mightily at the bat. A relatively large shortstop, standing 5’11’ and weighing 170 pounds, McBride was described in the press as an “aggressive, alert, and quick-witted” fielder. He led the AL in fielding percentage five times, including four times consecutively from 1912 to 1915, and was near the lead in most other years. Meanwhile, he achieved only a .218 lifetime batting average, never exceeding .235 for a single season. He was an iron man during his days as the regular shortstop for the Washington Senators, and was recognized as one of the headiest players of his day.
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