35 Facts About Duffy Lewis


George Edward "Duffy" Lewis was an American professional baseball left fielder who played in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Washington Senators from 1910 to 1921.

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Duffy Lewis made his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 1910, where he formed the Golden Outfield with Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper.

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Duffy Lewis continued to play and manage in the minor leagues until 1929.

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Duffy Lewis continued to work in baseball as a coach for the Boston Braves from 1931 to 1935, and then as their traveling secretary through 1961.

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Duffy Lewis is a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

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George Edward Lewis was born to Mary and George Lewis on April 18,1888, in San Francisco, California.

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Duffy Lewis acquired his nickname from his mother's maiden name.

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When Duffy Lewis was seven years old, he served as the mascot for the local baseball team in Alameda, California.

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Duffy Lewis attended Saint Mary's College of California before making his professional baseball debut with the Alameda Grays of the California State League in 1907.

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Duffy Lewis played for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League in 1908 and 1909.

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Duffy Lewis played winter baseball in Yuma, Arizona, where he was first noticed by Boston Red Sox owner John I Taylor.

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Duffy Lewis finished the 1909 season with Oakland, and reported to spring training with the Red Sox in 1910.

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Duffy Lewis was the only player to pinch hit for Ruth during the latter's major league career.

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Duffy Lewis recorded five out of the 12 RBIs in the series for Boston.

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Duffy Lewis drove in the game-winning runs in both Games 3 and 4, and made several catches that helped Boston win the series.

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Duffy Lewis became a chief petty officer before the end of his service.

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Duffy Lewis began to lose playing time in 1920 following the major league debut of Bob Meusel and the acquisition of Ruth from Boston, but Lewis still batted.

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Duffy Lewis served as player-manager for Salt Lake City from 1922 through 1924.

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Duffy Lewis was the player-manager for the Portland Beavers of the PCL for the 1925 season, and for the Mobile Bears of the Southern Association for the 1926 season.

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Duffy Lewis finished the 1926 season as a left fielder for the Jersey City Skeeters of the International League.

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Duffy Lewis retired as a player after the 1927 season, but remained as Portland's manager in the 1928 season.

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Duffy Lewis began the 1929 season managing Portland, but resigned in June, citing poor health.

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Duffy Lewis led all American League left fielders in assists in 1910,1911,1912, and 1913.

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Duffy Lewis finished his major league career with 209 assists, the third-most among major league left fielders behind Jimmy Sheckard and Zach Wheat.

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Duffy Lewis led all American League left fielders in double plays turned in 1910, and in putouts in 1910 and 1912.

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At bat, Duffy Lewis was a line-drive hitter who was often the cleanup hitter in the batting order.

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Duffy Lewis practiced catching the ball on the way up the incline and throwing the ball while descending.

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Duffy Lewis mastered fielding on the incline to such an extent that it became known as "Duffy's Cliff".

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Duffy Lewis had invested his money in the stock market, and lost it in the stock market crash of 1929, compelling him to return to baseball.

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Ruth played with the Braves in 1935, and Duffy Lewis witnessed Ruth's final major league home run, much as he had witnessed Ruth's first home run with the Red Sox.

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Duffy Lewis became the Braves' traveling secretary in 1936, and always insisted on first class travel.

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Duffy Lewis stayed with the organization through their relocation to Milwaukee.

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Duffy Lewis married Eleanor Ruth Keane of Boston, a fan that he met at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, after the 1911 season.

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Duffy Lewis was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

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Duffy Lewis was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the PCL Hall of Fame in 2012.

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