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George Van Haltren

George Van Haltren
Born: (1866-03-30)March 30, 1866
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: September 29, 1945(1945-09-29) (aged 79)
Oakland, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 27, 1887 for the Chicago White Stockings
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1903 for the New York Giants
Career statistics
Batting average .316
Hits 2,544
Runs batted in 1,015
Stolen bases 583
Career highlights and awards
  • Twelve seasons with a .300+ batting average
  • Two seasons with 100+ runs batted in
  • George Edward Martin Van Haltren (March 30, 1866 – September 29, 1945) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball. In his 17-year career, lasting from 1887 through 1903, he played for the Chicago White Stockings, Brooklyn Ward's Wonders, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Giants. He also served as player-manager of the Orioles in 1892. Van Haltren recorded 2,544 career hits and a batting average of .316.

    Early life

    Van Haltren was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1866. In 1868, his family moved to Oakland, California. Van Haltren played baseball as a kid and became a pitcher. His play attracted the attention of the major leagues, and in 1887, he signed with the Chicago White Stockings.[1]

    Major League Baseball career

    Van Haltren made his major league debut in June 1887. He was a pitcher and outfielder that season and had a win–loss record of 11–7 and a batting average of .203. The following year, he went 13–13 and batted .283. As a full-time left fielder in 1889, Van Haltren batted .322 with 126 runs scored and 81 runs batted in. He then signed with the Brooklyn Ward's Wonders of the Players' League and pitched and played right field for them. He went 15–10 and batted .335. After the 1890 season, Van Haltren joined the American Association's Baltimore Orioles. He played at shortstop and fielded poorly, but he batted .318. In 1892, Van Haltren became the player-manager of the National League's Baltimore club. He managed the team to a 1–10 record before being replaced. Late in the season, he was sent to Pittsburgh in exchange for Joe Kelley and $2,000. He batted .293 that year. In 1893, he batted .338 and scored 129 runs in 124 games.[1]

    In November, Van Haltren was sold to the New York Giants for $2,500. He became the Giants' center fielder and batted .331 with 109 runs scored and a career-high 105 runs batted in. He also helped the team win the 1894 Temple Cup. Van Haltren then batted over .300 every year from 1895 to 1901. During that time, he led the NL in triples once, stolen bases once, and outfield assists three times. According to Bill James, he had the best outfield throwing arm of the 1890s. In May 1902, Van Haltren broke his ankle, and the injury ended his season. He hit .257 the following year and was released by the Giants. In his 17-year major league career, he batted .316 with 2,544 hits, 1,642 runs scored, and 583 stolen bases.[1] As of the end of the 2014 MLB season, Van Haltren was the only player with a minimum of 5000 career MLB at bats and a career batting average of at least .314 who was retired at least the required six years of Hall of Fame entry to not be in enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

    Pacific Coast League career

    File:George Van Haltren drawing.jpeg
    A drawing of George Van Haltren by Harry Murphy which was published in the May 2, 1909 edition of The Sunday Oregonian.

    Van Haltren returned to Oakland. In 1904, he became the center fielder and manager of the Pacific Coast League's Seattle Siwashes. He batted .270 in 933 at bats. The following season, Van Haltren became the center fielder and manager of the Oakland Oaks. He stayed with the Oaks through the middle of the 1909 season.[1]

    Personal life

    In 1889, Van Haltren married Blanche O'Brien. They had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (born in 1890) and Dorothy (born in 1895). Van Haltren died in Oakland in 1945.[1]

    See also


    1. ^ a b c d e Lamb, Bill. "George Van Haltren". Retrieved February 5, 2014.

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    Preceded by
    Billy Barnie
    Baltimore Orioles (NL) Managers
    Succeeded by
    John Waltz