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January 4 – Happy Birthday George Selkirk

Talk about the ultimate “can’t win” situation, imagine you’re the guy who’s been selected to replace Babe Ruth as the Yankee’s starting right fielder. That was the role given to this Canadian in 1935 after the Yankee front office gave the Bambino his unconditional release. At first, Yankee fans did not approve. The first Yankee home opener without the Babe in right field drew just 29,000 people to the Stadium, the smallest opening crowd since New York had moved into the place, twelve years earlier. Selkirk responded admirably. He certainly was no Ruth but he did hit over .300 in five of his first six seasons with New York and he drove in 100 runs during two of those years. Most importantly, the Yankees kept winning without their Sultan of Swat. Selkirk earned five World Series rings during his nine years in New York. What really helped take the pressure off of Selkirk was the continued remarkable performance of Lou Gehrig and the just as remarkable emergence of Joe DiMaggio as the next Yankee superstar. George was nicknamed “Twinkletoes” because he walked and ran in a distinctive style, up on the balls of his feet. Unlike Ruth, Selkirk also had a keen mind. He’s credited with coming up with the idea for baseball’s warning track to help cut down on the violent collisions suffered by so many Major League outfielders back in the day. When World War II broke out, Selkirk enlisted in the navy and became an aerial gunner. He never again played in a Major League game. He started managing in the minors, eventually became Kansas City’s Director of Scouting and then the first General Manager of the expansion Washington Senators. He was born in Huntsville, Ontario, in 1909 and died in 1987.

Also born on this date was this fifth starter on the Yankees’ 2001 pitching staff, this former Yankee reliever and this former Yankee GM.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1934 NYY 46 192 176 23 55 7 1 5 38 1 15 17 .313 .370 .449 .819
1935 NYY 128 541 491 64 153 29 12 11 94 2 44 36 .312 .372 .487 .859
1936 NYY 137 593 493 93 152 28 9 18 107 13 94 60 .308 .420 .511 .931
1937 NYY 78 293 256 49 84 13 5 18 68 8 34 24 .328 .411 .629 1.040
1938 NYY 99 406 335 58 85 12 5 10 62 9 68 52 .254 .384 .409 .793
1939 NYY 128 537 418 103 128 17 4 21 101 12 103 49 .306 .452 .517 .969
1940 NYY 118 470 379 68 102 17 5 19 71 3 84 43 .269 .406 .491 .896
1941 NYY 70 195 164 30 36 5 0 6 25 1 28 30 .220 .340 .360 .700
1942 NYY 42 95 78 15 15 3 0 0 10 0 16 8 .192 .330 .231 .561
9 Yrs 846 3322 2790 503 810 131 41 108 576 49 486 319 .290 .400 .483 .883
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2014.