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237. Gil McDougald
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 19, 1928 in San Francisco, CA USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 20, 1951
  • Final Game: October 02, 1960
  • Rookie of the Year - 1951
  • TSN All-Star - 1957
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1958
  • MVP - 1951
  • MVP - 1955
  • MVP - 1956
  • MVP - 1957
  • MVP - 1958
  • Rookie of the Year - 1951
 
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When you look through the pages of New York Yankee lore, you don’t see enough on Gil McDougald, who played in the infield for the Bronx Bombers throughout the 1950s.  It should, as the five-time All-Star, was a large part of their success of the decade.

McDougald played all ten of his seasons for the Yankees, first debuting in 1951, winning the American League Rookie of the Year and helping the Bronx Bombers win the World Series.  The Yanks and McDougald won the next two titles, and McDougall was a consistent player on the squad.

The infielder helped the Yankees win the World Series five times over his career, and from 1956 to 1959, he was a perennial All-Star.  McDougald was not a power hitter, nor did he hit for exemplary average, but he was a defensive superstar who legitimately earned MVP votes annually from 1955 to 1958. His play helped New York win five World Series Titles.

McDougald might not have been a superstar player, but his overall impact and ability to be in the right place at the right time has few peers.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 1966
  • Position: Second Base, Short Stop, Third Base
  • Played For: New York Yankees
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (5) (New York Yankees 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956 & 1958) 
    All-Star (5) (1952, 1956, 1957, 1958 & 1959)
    Rookie of the Year (1) (AL) (1951)
    Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1) (1958)
    Highest Defensive bWAR (1) (AL) (1957)
    Most Triples (1) (AL) (1957)
    Most Sacrifice Hits (1) (AL) (1957)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1951, 9th), (AL: 1956, 7th) & (AL: 1957, 5th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Slugging Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Runs Scored)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Stolen Bases)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: None.
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1966: 1.7%
    1967: 1.4%
    1968: 1.4%
    1969: 0.9%
    1970: 0.3%
    1971: 1.1%
    1972: 1.0%
    1973: 0.5%
    1974: 0.8%

  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Yankee

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