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Heinie Manush

Position: Outfielder
Teams: Detroit Tigers, 1923-1927; St. Louis Browns, 1928-1930; Washington Senators, 1930-1935; Boston Red Sox 1936; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1937-1938; Pittsburgh Pirates 1938-1939

Henry Emmett Manush (1901-1971) was an outstanding amateur ballplayer as a youth in Tennessee. He had six older brothers, two of whom played professional baseball. The eldest, Frank, vied with Home Run Baker for the Philadelphia A’s third base job in 1908.

Heinie Manush vied with Goose Goslin for several AL bat titles in the 1920s.
Heinie Manush vied with Goose Goslin
for several AL bat titles in the 1920s.

Originally intending to be a pipefitter, Heinie revised his ambitions when a scout for the Detroit Tigers thought highly enough of him to sign him to a contract in 1921 with Edmonton of the Western Canada League. A pull hitter at the outset of his career, Heinie topped the northern loop in home runs, but it was to be his only four-bagger crown. By the time he reached the majors two years later he had already begun to shorten his swing and punch the ball toward whichever part of the diamond he saw a hole.

Manush’s adjustment was an unusual one, especially for a big man -- he weighed around 200 pounds. With the lively ball era already in full bloom, power had become the ticket to stardom, but Manush apparently foresaw that his skills would best be served by focusing just on meeting the ball squarely.

Brought up to the Detroit Tigers in 1923, Heinie platooned with Bobby Veach in an outfield that included Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann. Cobb was the skipper at that time, and Manush said that his production at bat benefited greatly from his long hours with Cobb.

Heinie won one American League batting crown, in 1926, when he hit .378. After dropping to a .298 batting average in 1927, Manush was traded to the Browns. He narrowly missed another batting crown when Goose Goslin edged him by a single point. Manush also paced the junior circuit in hits and doubles twice and in triples on one occasion.

In 1930, Manush came to Washington as part of a swap for Goslin. The deal enabled Heinie to play on his only flag winner three years later when the Senators claimed their final pennant. In Game 4 of the 1933 World Series, he became the first player to be ejected from a post-season contest since 1919 when he argued a close play at first base too vigorously.

Traded to the Red Sox in 1936, Heinie played just one season in Fenway Park before traveling to the National League, where he spent his final three seasons. In his 17-year career, he hit .330. Named to the Hall of Fame in 1964, Manush died seven years later in Sarasota, Florida.

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