Tris Speaker left Hubbard, Texas to become one of the early stars of a major-league baseball with the Cleveland Indians. He spent 22 years in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox (1907-1915), Cleveland Indians (1916-1926), Washington Senators (1927) and Philadelphia Athletics (1928). In 1920 Speaker was the player/manager for the Indians and led the team to a World Series victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Speaker was a fine defensive player who was known for playing an extremely shallow center field. His lifetime batting average of .345 ranks fifth highest in history. Speaker is the major league's all-time leader with 792 doubles and ranks in the top ten for runs, (1,882), triples (223), and hits (3,514). In 1912, he hit .383 and was named the American League's Most Valuable Player. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. On January 11, 1951, Speaker became the first person elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Tris Speaker

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