35 Facts About Bob Meusel


Robert William Meusel was an American baseball left and right fielder who played in Major League Baseball for eleven seasons from 1920 through 1930, all but the last for the New York Yankees.

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Bob Meusel was best known as a member of the Yankees' championship teams of the 1920s, nicknamed the "Murderers' Row", during which time the team won its first six American League pennants and first three World Series titles.

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Bob Meusel, noted for his strong outfield throwing arm, batted fifth behind Baseball Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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Bob Meusel hit for the cycle three times, and was the second of six major leaguers to accomplish this feat as many as three times during a career.

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Bob Meusel's older brother, Emil "Irish" Meusel, was a star outfielder in the National League during the same period, primarily for the New York Giants.

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Bob Meusel was born in San Jose, California, the youngest of Charlie and Mary Bob Meusel's six children.

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Bob Meusel started his career with the Vernon Tigers of the Pacific Coast League in 1917.

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Bob Meusel joined the US Navy during World War I and played for the Navy baseball team.

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Bob Meusel went back to the Tigers for the 1919 season, batting.

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Bob Meusel's contract was purchased by the New York Yankees in early 1920.

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Bob Meusel finished fourth in the league in doubles with 41 while sharing time with Duffy Lewis in left field.

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Bob Meusel broke a club record and tied Jack Tobin of the St Louis Browns for the league lead in outfield assists with 28; he was considered to be one of the league's best all-around players.

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Bob Meusel doubled in Babe Ruth for the winning run in Game 5 for a one-game lead, but the Yankees lost the next three games and the Series.

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Bob Meusel's batting average in those eight games was a mere.

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Bob Meusel occasionally played right field in Yankees games away from home to protect Ruth from the sun, as the sun affected Ruth's skill as an outfielder.

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Bob Meusel had the highest batting average of the Yankees at the end of the Series with.

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Bob Meusel helped lead the team to their first World Series title, in their third consecutive matchup with the Giants.

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Bob Meusel had the most runs batted in of any player in the Series.

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Bob Meusel hit a two-run triple in the second inning to help the Yankees win Game 4 at the Polo Grounds, drove in five runs in Game 5 and had a key two-run single that gave the Yankees the lead for good in Game 6.

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Bob Meusel was a passenger in the vehicle but escaped unhurt.

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Bob Meusel led the American League in home runs, runs batted in, games played and extra base hits.

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Bob Meusel had chance to redeem himself later in the game, but made infield outs in both the fifth and seventh innings, each time with two men on base.

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Meusel was up to bat when Ruth tried to steal second base, and catcher Bob O'Farrell threw him out, ending both the game and the Series; Meusel only hit.

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Bob Meusel was a key member of the 1927 New York Yankees team, which many consider to be one of the greatest baseball teams ever.

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Bob Meusel went back to the Pacific Coast League in 1932, where he played 64 games with the Hollywood Stars, batting.

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Bob Meusel was in attendance when his former teammate Lou Gehrig made his famous 'Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth' speech on July 4,1939.

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Bob Meusel appeared in the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees, as well as the 1948 film The Babe Ruth Story, as himself in a cameo role.

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Bob Meusel lived in California following his playing career, first in Redondo Beach, and then in Downey.

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Bob Meusel died in Bellflower in 1977 and was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

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Bob Meusel received the most recognition for being a member of the "Murderers' Row" teams of the mid-1920s, which included Ruth, Gehrig, second baseman Tony Lazzeri and center fielder Earle Combs.

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Bob Meusel had one of the strongest arms of the era; in his obituary, The New York Times called his throwing arm "deadly accurate".

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Bob Meusel was quiet and reserved, rarely giving newspaper interviews until his career was winding down.

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Bob Meusel was known for his lazy attitude, such as refusing to run out ground balls, which many said kept him from achieving greatness.

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Bob Meusel was considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame by its Veterans Committee in 1982, but the committee instead selected former commissioner Happy Chandler and former Giants shortstop Travis Jackson in its balloting.

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In 1925, Bob Meusel joined Philadelphia Athletics outfielder Tilly Walker, St Louis Browns outfielder Ken Williams and later Gehrig as the only players other than Ruth to win the AL home run title between 1918 and 1931.

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