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245. Lave Cross
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 12, 1866 in Milwaukee, WI USA
  • Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 23, 1887
  • Final Game: June 08, 1907
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Lave Cross was a very good baseball player for his day, but because he bounced around so much, his 2,651 career Hits, which was fifth all-time at the time of his retirement, is largely forgotten.

Cross played for nine different teams in four different leagues (American Association, Players League, National League & American League), with Philadelphia being represented in all four!  Also playing for St. Louis, Washington, Louisville, Cleveland, and Brooklyn, and had thirteen 130 Hit years, batting .292 overall.

Defensively, Cross usually played at Third Base, though he was exceptionally versatile, and he easily played at Catcher and the Outfield.  He finished in the top ten in Defensive bWAR six times.  Notably, he had 1,378 Runs Batted In over his career, an incredible number for any era, especially for someone who only had 47 career Home Runs.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Catcher, Third Base, Outfield
  • Played For: Brooklyn Superbas, Cleveland Spiders, Louisville Colonels, Philadelphia Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Quakers, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Perfectos, Washington Senators
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    2 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Triples)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    38.  Singles: 2,057
    71.  Triples: 136
    78.  Hits: 2,651
    84.  Runs Batted In: 1,378
    93.  Outs Made: 6,593

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1939: 0.4%
    1942: 0.4%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Philadelphia Phillie

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