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History

Earl Averill

Inducted 1951
Center Fielder 1929-1939

Earl Averill played 13 seasons in the majors, 11 of those with the Indians. The Snohomish, Wash. native broke into the league with the Tribe in 1929 and homered in his first plate appearance on April 16, 1929, all while batting .331 his rookie year. Earl retired after the 1941 season with a .318 lifetime average.

Averill was a six-time American League All-Star and started in the mid-summer classic three times, from 1936-38. The left-handed hitting outfielder led the league with 232 hits and 15 triples in 1936. In 1931, he scored 140 runs, which still represents an Indians single-season record.

Earl is the Indians all-time leader in runs scored (1,154), triples (121), extra-base hits (724) and total bases (3,200). He became one of six Tribe players to have hit for the cycle when he accomplished the feat against Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics on August 17, 1933.

Earl was the first Indians player to homer three times in one game as he cracked three round-trippers on September 17, 1930 in consecutive at-bats. He collected 32 homers in 1931 and '32 and 143 RBIs in 1931. Both represent season-highs by the Tribe center fielder.

Earl Averill's No. 3 was retired by the Indians in 1975, the same year that he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He passed away on August 16, 1983 at the age of 81.

  • POSITION: Outfielder
  • BATS: Left
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 5'10"
  • WEIGHT: 172
  • BORN: May 21, 1902 in Snohomish, WA
  • DEBUT: April 16, 1929
  • FINAL GAME: April 25, 1941
Indians Career Statistics
G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
1510 5909 1145 1903 226 1084 725 470 66 .322 .399 .542