"As a player Boudreau was as fierce a competitor as I have known in any field of sport." -Gordon Cobbledick Cleveland Plain Dealer 9-11-1954
The Hall of Fame shortstop played in the majors for 15 seasons, 13 of those with the Indians. Lou was the Indians player-manager from 1942-1950 and led the Indians to their last World Championship in 1948.
With Boudreau at the helm, the Indians went 728-649 and he remains the all-time winningest manager in Tribe history. Lou also managed in Boston from 1952-54, in Kansas City from 1955-57 and Chicago (Cubs) in 1960.
Boudreau appeared in seven All-Star games, including three starting assignments in 1942, 1947 and 1948. In 1944 he led the A.L. with a .327 average and led the league in doubles three times with 45 two-baggers in 1941, 1944 and 1947.
Lou is in the Indians all-time top 10 in games, at-bats, hits, runs, doubles, RBI and extra-base hits.
In the championship season of 1948, Lou enjoyed his best season. He batted .355 with 18 home runs and 116 RBI. He collected 98 walks and struck out only nine times in 560 at-bats.
Lou Boudreau's No. 5 was retired by the Indians in 1970, the same year that the Harvey, Ill. native was elected into baseball's Hall of Fame. Boudreau died on August 10, 2001 in Frankfort, Ill. at the age of 83.